Oran Kearney has demanded “more of the same” as Coleraine look to inject some impetus into their season.
The Bannsiders fell to another defeat last Saturday when they narrowly lost out against Linfield.
Despite the disappointment of another Premiership loss, Kearney admits he gleaned plenty of encouragement from the performance.
“At the end of the day no manager likes to lose a game, but it was radically improved display from the players – and something we need to repeat in the weeks ahead,” Kearney said.
“We have lost a lot of games this season, but what has been more disappointing has been the manner of defeat.
“Last week we lost again, but the players started well and they really put it up to Linfield. On another day we could have got something out of the game, but it wasn’t to be.
“But if we can continue that effort and commitment then I am confident the tide will turn for us.”
Next up is Saturday’s trip to Portadown, a side who appear to be emerging from a mid-season blip.
“Portadown had some poor results, but they seem to have bounced back. Hopefully we can do the same,” Kearney added.
“It is another tough test for us, but they all are in this league.
“We are hoping to get that one win that can be a catalyst in our season.
“It could really spur us on leading up to Christmas.”