Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson admits a Premiership top six place is still on his Christmas wish list.
The Sky Blues will look to get back to winning ways when they make the journey to Mourneview Park to face an erratic Glenavon.
United lost for the first time in five outings at Portadown last weekend – but they were reduced to 10 men after only 20 minutes when goalkeeper Stuart Addis was rather unfortunately sent off following a foul on Darren Murray.
“For me, it highlighted the lack on consistency in terms off decision making,” said Ferguson.
“Murray didn’t have full control off the ball and we had two covering defenders – it certainly wasn’t a cast-iron scoring opportunity. A yellow card would have been sufficient.
“Under the circumstances, I couldn’t have asked for any more from the boys. When Mark Surgenor took over from Stuart, he hadn’t a shot to save. The back four protected him superbly.
“We were unlucky not have got something from the game. Their goalkeeper David Miskelly made a few good saves – and big Allan Jenkins and Neil Lowry missed a couple of decent chances.
“The boys put in a good shift, so we will be hoping to carry that on against Glenavon.”
Victory in County Armagh would ease United above the Lurgan Blues in the table and a step closer to the top six.
“We are only two points behind both Glenavon and Dungannon – and one adrift of Ballinamallard,” added Ferguson.
“Our ultimate aim is a top six finish at the end of the season. Ballymena have never achieved that before, so that would be progress.
“We were unbeaten in four games before last week, it would be nice get get another little run going. But we know it will not be easy against Glenavon.”