Tommy Breslin has craved momentum from Cliftonville – and it appears the defending champions are starting to deliver.
The Reds are unbeaten in their last nine Premiership fixtures.
Their last defeat came against league leaders Crusaders back on October 10.
It has been a positive run from the Solitude men, who have won four of their last five league outings.
They will be favourites to make it five from six on Friday night when they travel to basement club Ards.
Breslin admits he is under no illusions going into the game, but hopes his players can continue building momentum as they approach a busy festive season.
“Our form recently has been good. We are starting to get a more settled squad, and I think that is being reflected in the results,” Breslin said.
“We have played in fits and starts this season, but we have had players either injured or suspended and it disrupted things. Plus it has taken time to accept the mantle of champions – that brings its own pressures.
“So we want to try and carry the form into Friday night, but it won’t be easy.
“Ards may be bottom, but they are fighting for their lives in the Premiership, and they have picked up positives results along the way.
“So we know we are in for a tough evening at Clandeboye Park. We just have to make sure we keep playing with the same tempo and quality we have been in recent games.
“If we do that then we should pick up results.”