WHITEY Anderson hopes Ballinamallard United’s stellar start to the season holds them in good stead as the year progresses.
The Mallards have caught the imagination of Irish League fans across the country as they continue to blaze a trail in the Premiership.
It may be their first season in Northern Ireland’s top-flight, but they have shown no fear in claiming the prized scalps of Cliftonville and Linfield already this term.
Anderson admits he has “run out of things to say” as the Fermanagh underdogs continue to impress and amaze.
He insists his only focus is on keeping the club in the Premiership and getting as many points on the board as possible.
“It has been an amazing start and it has generated a massive buzz in Fermanagh, but we have to stay grounded,” Anderson said.
“I said to reporters after last week’s win over Linfield that I had run out of things to say.
“I can’t think of any responses to the start we have had.
“But the first 10 games are in the past now. We have managed to get 20 points from those games which is fantastic.
“We need as many points on board as possible in our quest to stay in this league.
“Who knows what lies around the corner. There will be injuries and suspensions which will take their toll.
“We want to be in a position where we can maybe sustain the odd hit or two. We need to get some distance between ourselves and the bottom teams.
“But I can’t complain with the way things have gone so far. It has been unbelievable.
“We just have to try and keep it going for as long as we can.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash with Coleraine, Anderson added: “I am a big admirer of Oran Kearney, and in many respects they are similar to Ballinamallard.
“They like to play the same attacking brand of football and they have goals in them.
“It all points to a great game, but it will probably turn out to be a drab 0-0 draw now!
“But hopefully not, both teams will be out to win so it should be a decent game.”