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Winning is the only way to ensure Newry's survival, says Darren Mullen

Newry City v Glentoran, Danske Bank Premiership; Newry Showgrounds, Tonight, 7.45pm

Safety play: Darren Mullen’s Newry side are bidding to secure a
third consecutive victory when they host Glentoran tonight
Safety play: Darren Mullen’s Newry side are bidding to secure a third consecutive victory when they host Glentoran tonight

By Steven Beacom

Newry City boss Darren Mullen insists there can be no let up from his side in their bid to survive relegation.

The border outfit have won their last two games to move three points clear of bottom club Ards and Mullen is demanding another three victories in their remaining matches - starting at home to Glentoran tonight.

Should Newry do the business against the Glens, they will go six points ahead of Warren Feeney's team and be odds on to stay in the Premiership.

They will enter the match at the Showgrounds in fine fettle, having defeated derby rivals Warrenpoint Town 4-2 last time out.

Mullen was delighted with the result at Milltown, though warns nothing has been decided yet.

"We may be three points ahead now but for me that isn't enough," he says.

"It's just one game. If we don't win against Glentoran and Ards win their game at the weekend then everything changes.

"In terms of our mentality, I feel we have to win our final three matches because I believe Ards will pick up points in their remaining matches.

"We have won two games in a row for the first time this season and hopefully we can carry that form on versus Glentoran."

In the Mourne Ultimatum, Newry stepped up to the challenge, in particular two goal hero John Boyle.

Mullen adds: "John Boyle was terrific. He is a big player for us and in a big game he came up with a big performance.

"We need leaders. I spoke before the Warrenpoint game about everyone stepping up as a leader should it be young Josh Durnin making his full first team debut or John Boyle. We need everyone right now.

"It can't be a case of young players looking at more experienced players to step up to the mark.

"Everyone has to step up because this is a tough relegation battle."

As well as his team shining at a crucial time, the Newry manager believes fortune has turned recently.

"I've kept saying all season that our luck will change because you do need a bit of luck," explains Mullen.

"We have had no luck throughout the season and I'm not bemoaning where we are at and saying that we are down at the bottom because of bad luck.

"There have been games when we haven't been good enough but we have had nothing with balls dropping in the right areas and things like that and against Warrenpoint we got that.

"Throughout it all I haven't let my head drop and I've tried keep everyone else positive.

"It's been very intense but the pleasing thing is that the players have kept going."

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