Ballinamallard United boss Whitey Anderson admits victory over Coleraine at the Showgrounds on Saturday would give his side a psychological lift as they chase a Premier League top six spot.
The Mallards sit fourth in the table, two points ahead of Oran Kearney’s side in what has been a fairytale debut season.
“Every game is a battle,” said Anderson.
“But if we had been offered our current position at the start of the season, we would have bitten your arm off.
“We’re taking one game at a time. If we make the top six, it would be a fabulous achievement.
“It’s important to bounce back after Friday’s defeat by Portadown.”
United made a statement of intent by agreeing new deals with defender Mark Stafford and midfielder Davy Kee – both players were on the radar of Linfield and Portadown.
“It’s important to keep our best players,” added Anderson.
“The boys wanted to stay, which is also a bonus.
“They are enjoying the season we are having.”
Anderson has strengthened his squad ahead of the final run in by snapping up Sligo Rovers defender Colm O’Laughlin on loan until the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Coleraine boss Oran Kearney brought Gareth Tommins back to the Showgrounds before the close of the transfer window.
The little midfielder has spent the last year in Australia.
In fact his last appearance for the Bannsiders was in last season’s League Cup final defeat by Crusaders and Kearney will be glad to have him back.