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Tommy Breslin wary of Ards backlash in semi-final

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Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin has warned his players of complacency as they prepare to meet Ards for the second time in five days.

The Reds eased to a 4-0 victory over Niall Currie’s side in a one-sided Premiership clash at Clandeboye Park on Friday.

The two sides return to the same venue tonight for an NIFL League Cup semi-final tie.

Cliftonville – who won the trophy last season – will be massive favourites to progress, but boss Breslin is taking nothing for granted.

“People will look back to Friday night’s game, but it has absolutely no bearing on this game,” he said.

“This is a one-off tie with a cup final at stake. There is a massive incentive there for both clubs, and it will be a tough match.

“I see Niall had some harsh words for his players after Friday’s game, so I expect a bit of a backlash on Tuesday night.

“We are under no illusions, and we certainly can’t afford any complacency.”

Breslin is without influential midfield duo Barry Johnston and Ryan Catney who are both suspended for tonight’s League Cup game.

 

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