Ballymena United seeking redemption following Cliftonville mauling

HAMMERING: Cliftonville hit eight past Ballymena United last weekend
HAMMERING: Cliftonville hit eight past Ballymena United last weekend

Glenn Ferguson insists he is relishing the challenge of taking his bruised and battered Ballymena United side to Windsor Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Sky Blues will be hoping to consign last week’s embarrassing 8-0 defeat to Premiership leaders Cliftonville to the dust bin with victory against Linfield.

Ferguson read the riot act to his players in the aftermath of last week’s collapse.

It was the second time in two weeks that his side had suffered a landslide defeat.

Linfield romped to a 6-0 victory in the IRN-BRU League Cup on November 5 before Cliftonville’s masterclass on Saturday.

Next up on the radar for Ferguson is Saturday’s Premiership clash with champions Linfield.

And the former Blues striker insists it is the “perfect” place to go to following last week’s malaise.

“There is no better challenge to step up to. If you can’t raise your game at Windsor Park, you shouldn’t be in the game,” he said.

“It is a chance to try and put things right, and if we get a result against the champions then the back-slapping starts again.

“I would rather be going to Windsor than to Stangmore Park, Shamrock Park or Ballyskeagh – put it that way.

“I never was on the receiving end of an 8-0 during my time as a player.

“I think the most we conceded was five, and that was in Europe.

“But I said I had never been beaten six after the Linfield game, and then this happens.

“So we have to respond.”