Stephen Baxter is sure Crusaders have more to offer

Crusaders manager Stephjen Baxter
Crusaders manager Stephjen Baxter

Crusaders are being branded the Danske Bank Premiership’s ‘entertainers’ following their opening two results to the new campaign – and manager Stephen Baxter insists there is more to come.

The Shore Road boys were involved in a thrilling game against Glenavon at the weekend which finished 2-2 – and the scoreline was repeated in the midweek clash with Glenn Ferguson’s Ballymena United.

Baxter will now look for his first win when Ballinamallard United leave a calling card at Seaview tomorrow.

“If our first two games are anything to go by, we are in for an exciting league campaign,” beamed Baxter.

“We may have picked two points from a possible six, but the entertainment levels have been superb.

“In fairness, a draw was the right result in both cases – against two of the most improved teams in the league. My goodness, the supporters got value for money in both matches.”

Baxter was particularly with his team’s battling qualities, as they came storming back to grab a last gasp point, courtesy of a Timmy Adamson header, against United.

“The first period was a little bit low key, we just couldn’t get any sort of rhythm going but I thought we upped the gears five or 10 minutes pre-half time,” he added.

“The game opened up in the second half. Both sets off players were going at it. It was really thrilling stuff.”

Baxter also praised the contribution of new signing from H&WWelders, Stephen Cockcroft.

He added: “I’m pleased with him – he has brought something different to us. He has got power and pace and an eye for goal. His delivery from set pieces is excellent. He’ll get better and better when he grows into this level of football. I was also very impressed with young Gavan Whyte when he came on.”