Ards boss Niall Currie has thrown down the gauntlet to his players ahead of Saturday’s clash against Glenavon at Mourneview Park.
Even thgough Currie’s boys are rooted to the bottom of the table, eight points adrift of 11th placed Warrenpoint Town, the former Irish League shot-stopper witnessed enough in his team’s thrilling 3-3 draw against Linfield at Windsor Park to suggest they can edge away from relegation.
“If we can draw against probably the best team in the league, then we must be in with a chance of getting out of the mess we are in,” said Currie, who this week snapped up midfielder Conor Downey and defender Mark Burns.
“I thought we were fantastic against Linfield. Even when we were 3-1 down, the boys failed to throw in the towel. Had we showed the same battling qualities on other games, we would be bottom of the table.
“But the message to the players is let’s carry on where we left off at Windsor. Don’t forget, we had quite a few missing, but the guys who came in stood up to the challenge – they stepped up to the plate.”
Ards, however, will be without on-loan utility man Stephen Gordon, who grabbed a late equaliser against the Blues.
“It was probably his last kick of a ball in an Ards jersey, it was a nice way for him to go out before rejoining Glentoran,” added Currie.
“Certainly, Glenavon will present us with a fresh challenge. They were at the top of the league for a short spell earlier in the campaign, but have been like so many sides, they have lacked a little bit of consistency.
“But we must focus on what we have to do to win the game. I have great belief in this group off players and they must now build on what they achieved against Linfield.”