Glenn Ferguson insists there is no time for self-pity as Ballymena United prepare for their latest acid test.
Ferguson was left fuming at last week’s 4-1 defeat to Linfield - with the Blues being awarded a penalty and United skipper Allan Jenkins being sent off.
The dismissal - for dissent after Linfield scored their spot-kick - means Jenkins is ruled out of Saturday’s trip to the Oval to face Glentoran.
“We are without our captain which is disappointing,” Ferguson said.
“Allan was so frustrated with the sending off. I have known Allan for a good year and a half, and it is not in his nature to be like that.
“But we move on.
“Saturday is another tough game.
“The Oval has been a happy hunting ground for us in recent years so hopefully it can continue.”
Ferguson admits he is under no illusions as the Sky Blues prepare for their trip to east Belfast.
“We knew we were coming into these four games against Portadown, Cliftonville, Linfield and Glentoran, and we knew it would be difficult to get points,” he added.
“We started well against Portadown and got three points. We played well enough to get a point off Cliftonville but we ended up empty handed.
“Against Linfield we always knew it would be tough, and this time we go to the Oval.
“We are missing our captain, but we will readjust and get prepared and give it a good go.
“We can take positives from the Linfield game. I was happy with the second half performance. We created chances, and if we had 11 men it wouldn’t have ended up 4-1.”