One game at a time for Coleraine boss Kearney

Michael Hegarty is suspended for Saturday's game
Michael Hegarty is suspended for Saturday's game

Oran Kearney is refusing to look beyond Saturday’s pivotal clash with Dungannon Swifts as Coleraine attempt to build more momentum.

The Bannsiders travel to Stangmore Park for a crucial Premiership fixture, following by an Irish Cup showdown with the Swifts seven days later.

It is an important week for the Showgrounds club, who have shown some encouraging signs in recent weeks.

Kearney’s men are unbeaten in their last five outings, and the Coleraine boss hopes they can extend that run on Saturday.

“I never look too far ahead. Your next game is your most important,” he said.

“Dungannon are just above us in the league, but they are seven points ahead of us. We want to try and close the gap on them and Glenavon, who are on the same points.

“That’s what makes Saturday’s game so important for us. We want to eat into that deficit so we will be going for the win on Saturday.”

Coleraine’s momentum was stalled after last week’s game with Ballinamallard United was postponed.

Kearney hopes the enforced rest will benefit his players.

“It has been a busy schedule recently, so while we would have liked to have played, the rest will come in handy,” he added.