Breslin warns Cliftonville players against complacency

Tommy Breslin is all set for a vital game
Tommy Breslin is all set for a vital game

Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin has warned his players of complacency as they look to restore their seven-point lead at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership on Monday night.

The Reds are preparing for the visit of basement strugglers Lisburn Distillery to Solitude (7.45pm).

The game - being screened live on Sky Sports - is the latest test for the league leaders.

There should be no lack of confidence following last week’s 8-0 mauling of Ballymena United, but Breslin is wary of a potential dip following their Showgrounds romp.

“On paper the game against Distillery will be looked on as a banker home win. But my concern is after scoring eight last week, sometimes teams struggle to score,” Breslin said.

“It happened to Linfield after they beat Ballymena here 6-0. After that they couldn’t buy a goal.

“So we need to be sharp and up for the game. We need to be in top gear once again.”

Distillery crept off the bottom of the table without playing on Saturday.

Donegal Celtic’s 5-2 defeat to Crusaders saw the Wee Hoops replace the Whites on goal difference.

Despite the gulf in places in the league, Breslin is under no illusions.

“Distillery will be a very tough game for us. Make no mistake about that,” he said.

“They might be down round the bottom but they will be fighting for their lives. They need the points for different reasons and they will still be hungry for the win.”

Breslin admits Cliftonville are abiding by the mantra of ‘one game at a time’ as they set their sights on a first title since 1998.

“In the past when we won we are top of the world, and when we lost the world suddenly came to an end,” he added.

“Now we are looking at things in a balanced way.

“We have managed to get to the top of the table but we are not taking anything for granted. It is still only November so there is a long way to go.

“We are just taking every game as it comes and the players are enjoying it. There is no pressure within the camp.”