Gary Browne demands team effort to revive Coleraine

Coleraine's Gary Browne

Coleraine's Gary Browne

Striker Gary Browne declared it’s up to the players to pull Coleraine out of free-fall.

The Bannsiders have plummeted down the Premiership table and sit precariously only two points above 11th placed Warrenpoint Town.

Just days after the Coleraine Board gave manager Oran Kearney, who this week tied up the signing of former Derry City player David McDaid, a vote of confidence, Browne insists it’s now down to the players as they prepare to face Dungannon Swifts on Saturday.

“Everyone is 100 per cent behind Oran,” said Browne. “There is only so much a manager can do. The players collectively must show greater responsibility.

“He is working overtime trying to find a solution to our problems, but when we step over the line, it’s up to us - he can’t do any more.

“Everyone is trying to rectify the situation. We are low in confidence at the minute. In saying that, we have shown a bit more character and fight over the past few weeks against Linfield and Portadown.

“Even though the results didn’t go our way, I sensed we are turning the corner. We are just looking for that first win to help us kick on and change our season,” he added.

“We must learn to stop leaking silly goals. There is a busy Festive coming up. We are in a situation if we can string a few results together again, we can nudge up towards the top six.”

Browne added the Bannsiders are determined to avoid what could possibly end up a relegation battle, come the end of the term.

“We are not going to get sucked into the pressure of what comes at that end of the table,” he added. “We intend to knuckle down and start winning football matches.

“We haven’t enjoyed picking up three points for some time, but now’s a good time to start.”




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