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Warrenpoint Town can give their season a kick-start

By Keith Bailie

Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray has branded today's clash with Coleraine a 'must-win'.

The Bannsiders will travel to Milltown (3.00pm) for the crunch encounter with Warrenpoint. As things stand, Oran Kearney's men only have one point from their opening three fixtures while Warrenpoint are the only side in the Danske Bank Premiership without a point to their name.

Town manager Gray said: "It's a must-win game, but it always was. The other bottom five teams are must-wins for us if we want to stay out of the relegation zone.

"We're bottom of the league so we're chasing already, albeit other teams aren't very far away from us.

"We have Coleraine and Institute two weeks running and it's a massive six points for us. Put them on the board and you look back at this week and think, 'what were you worried about?' But they're two big asks and two big games for us, one home and one away.

"It's over to the players now. They've gone through a pre-season programme, with the trip to Russia, that most of the top clubs in this country haven't gone through and I said that maybe they've been treated too well.

"We'll be in an extra two nights this week and we'll be working hard on bringing it back to basics and when we're happy with them working hard, that will transfer onto the pitch."

So far this season Warrenpoint have lost to Ballymena United, Glenavon and Glentoran. Gray admits that his team have underperformed but he believes they're still good enough to play in the Premiership.

"People keep talking about how it's early in the season, but it's early in the season for everyone and we're the only team that hasn't picked up any points. Three games in and the performances have been lacklustre at best.

"I fully stand by the fact that I think these players can do it, because I've signed them. If they don't think they can do it, then there's not much point."

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