Ballinamallard boss Whitey Anderson calls for ‘killer instinct’

Ballinamallards manager Whitey Anderson
Ballinamallards manager Whitey Anderson

Ballinamallard United boss Whitey Anderson believes his team must adopt a killer instinct.

The Mallards entertain Danske Premiership new boys Carrick Rangers at Ferney Park and Anderson is demanding a much needed victory.

Although they are one of four teams locked on four points in the basement region, Anderson is confident they can climb the table.

“We’ve got Carrick and Ballymena in our next few games, so it’s important to start picking up points,” he said.

“It’s alright playing nice football, but it’s a result-based business. We need to start putting a few points on the board. We’ve got to start creating more chances and taking them as well.

“I’m still very positive about the season ahead; there are 32 games left. I believe in this group of players. I think we’ll improve as the season progresses. But we’ve got to start pushing on.”

The Mallards are coming off the back of a narrow defeat by Linfield last weekend and Anderson was happy with their contribution.

“I couldn’t fault the boy. I thought we certainly deserved a draw,” added Anderson, who has a full squad available. “But I told the boys after the game our season start right now.”

Rangers boss Gary Haveron was far from happy with his team’s defensive antics in their last outing, a 2-1 home defeat against fellow strugglers Warrenpoint Town.

Rangers have bagged five points from their opening six games back in the big league, but Haveron believes it’s games against the Warrenpoints and Ballinamallards that gives them the best chance of adding to their tally.

“There is no point is us taking the plaudits from getting a draw with Glentoran and then failing in games we should do better in,” said Haveron.

“We need to show more hunger and desire to go to get results, starting at Ballinamallard.

“By all accounts they were unlucky to be beaten by Linfield last week, so it will be a big ask for us. But it’s games like this that we have to make the most of.

“It’s important we start taking points off the teams around us in the table.”