Ballinamallard United boss Whitey Anderson could not hide his frustration after his side lost 4-1 to basement side Ards at Dixon Park on Saturday.
The Mallards manager pulled no punches, describing his side’s performance as “dire”.
Jason McCartney gave the Fermanagh side the lead in the fourth minute, but goals from William Faulkner (2), Ryan Henderson and Mark McClelland completed a remarkable comeback from the home side.
“We were dire today. We started well but we didn’t kick on from the goal. I feel sorry for the fans as they’ve travelled along way for a disappointed performance,” Anderson lamanted.
“Our midfield was poor today. They didn’t compete – which was down to Ards. They closed us down and worked so hard. They earned their victory today and they thoroughly deserved the three points.”
On the other hand, Ards boss Niall Currie was over the moon with his sides performance.
The Championship holders dominated the midfield, stifling Ballinamallard’s passing game, whilst creating numerous chances of their own.
Currie said: “I said to the players before they went out onto the pitch, that it is up to them. We believe in them – but they’ve got to believe in themselves.
“There are talented boys here and once they realise they are good enough to play at this level, they will kick on and become good Premiership players. For me, it’s all about mentality.
“We showed against Ballinamallard exactly what we’re capable of. They couldn’t live with our intensity. Our work rate and our pressing was phenomenal. That was like the Ards of last year, but doing it in the Premiership is very different from doing it in the Championship.
“To finally do it at Premiership level was very, very pleasing.”