By his own admission, statistics don’t men a lot to Coleraine manager Oran Kearney.
But even he raised an eyebrow when informed his team hadn’t lost to bitter rivals Ballymena United for close on four years.
A quick shrug of the shoulders, Kearney was quick to acknowledge: “Players change and managers change, stats don’t meant a lot to me.”
Deep down, he will be hoping the trend continues in Saturday’s tantalising derby fixture at the Warden Street Showgrounds,
“The past will have no impact on this game,” added Kearney.
“We’ll be going there to try and get three points, as we do in every game – that’s the only thing I’m interest in.”
It’s was back in October 17, 2009, that the Sky Blues last savoured victory against the Bannsiders in a 3-2 home success.
Kearney, in fact, has yet to sample defeat in this fixture. Since he took over in February 2011, the teams have clashed on 10 occasions – Coleraine have won eight, with two finishing level.
And, just to spice things up, he again comes up against his great pal Glenn ‘Spike’ Ferguson, who will be in the Ballymena dugout.
“Spike and I still get on really well,” added Kearney.
“I suppose it’s not ideal that we are at rival clubs. It gives the fixture that little bit of an edge.
“We have been big friends for ages – that will always remain. There is a lot of respect between the both of us.
“I’m glad to see him doing well in his managerial role, but I hope I can put a dent in that for one Saturday at least.”