Ards chief Niall Currie insists his team can wriggle free from the threat of relegation.
Following a gutsy performance at the weekend that heralded a vital point from the home game against Glentoran, Currie is adamant it’s onwards and upwards.
“We’ve put in two good displays against Cliftonville in the League Cup and then against the Glens a few days later,” said Currie.
“We showed great battling qualities on both games and if we keep doing that, we’ll be ok.“We have really been hurt with injury problems this season and we were missing both full-backs, Steven Gordon and Steven McCullough, who are on loan from Glentoran and were ineligible.
“So taking that into account, it was a decent point for us.”
Currie is demanding a similar type of performance against Warrenpoint Town on Boxing Day at Milltown -- work to repair the floodlighting system should be completed in time.
Warrenpoint’s home coming against Glenavon last Friday night was abandoned at half-time when the lights failed.
Town have now pulled three points ahead of Ards, having played one game less, so the fixture takes on extra significance for the visitors.
“It’s a game that we will be looking to win,” added Currie.
“We must build on our last performance. Warrenpoint will be in the same frame of mind -- they’ll see it as a chance to put a bit more distance between us. So it has the makings off a cracking game.”
Warrenpoint’s Barry Gray is hoping is team can carry on where they leff off against Glenavon; they were winning 1-0.
“It’s a massive game for both clubs,” he said.
“Obviously a win would give us a big psychological advantage of going six points clear of Ards, with a game in hand.”