Oran Kearney hopes Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Ards will be a turning point in Coleraine’s season.
The win brought to an end the Bannsiders nine game losing streak and stretched the gap between themselves and Niall Currie’s side to seven points.
But more importantly the Showgrounds outfit welcomed new signings David McDaid, Eugene Ferry and Stephen Dooley into the squad along with the returning Stevie Lowry and Howard Beverland to leave Kearney with a more positive outlook.
“We have always maintained that we have had too many big players on the sidelines this season,” he said after the game.
“For everything that’s gone on in the last couple of months that brings it all home today. You need your best players on the pitch and when you have them it gives you the chance of winning games.
“I’ve always believed that when we were at a point in being able to get our main players back playing again and get a few new faces in then we would be a different team.
“I think that showed today in the manner of our performance overall.”
Second half goals from Dooley and Man of the Match Eoin Bradley sealed the vital win for the Bannsiders. Kearney admitted he felt some relief at the final whistle in what was a nervy day.
“It’s a nice feeling to get the win and it’s a bit of a relief too,” he said.
“It was always going to come, and probably should have come a lot quicker than it did.
“Our lads deserve a lot of credit, Ards came here and put up a real good fight and caused us as much trouble as we caused them at times.
“I said to the lads before the game that today was not about how physical you can be or how fast you can run, it was about doing the right things in the right areas.
“It was a nervy day, but as I said credit goes to our lads they held their nerve and I think deservedly took all three points.”
Even though the Bannsiders suffered the loss of defender David Ogilby on the hour mark after he was dismissed for a challenge on William Faulkner it didn’t seem to effect them.
Lone striker Eoin Bradley put in an immense shift and scored the all important second goal from the penalty spot.
“Eoin put in a monstrous shift up there on his own and never allowed Ards to come forward because they were scared of what he could do to them on the break,” said Kearney.
Kearney’s delight was in sharp contrast to the mood of Niall Currie who was disappointed his side didn’t take advantage of the sending off.
“It’s a disappointing result for us I thought we were well in the game until the sending off,” he said.
“The big disappointment for me is that we didn’t have the wee bit of guile and quality to use the ball better and stretch them but unfortunately we were devoid of ideas.”