Barry Gray is refusing to press any alarms as Warrenpoint Town look to claim first win of season

Barry Gray
Barry Gray

Barry Gray admits it is “onwards and upwards” as Warrenpoint Town look to kick-start their season.

The Town are still searching for their first points of the campaign following four straight defeats.

Gray will hope for a welcome shot in the arm when high-flying Cliftonville visit Milltown on Sunday.

And despite their slow start to the season, Gray is refusing to press any panic buttons.

“People are already coming out with silly talk about there being a mini-league at the bottom of the Premiership. We have played four games and are two weeks into the season – give me a break,” he said.

“It is stupid to talk about relegation scraps or whatever at this stage of the season. Anyone who is talking about that at this minute in time is mad.

“I am sure the team at the top of the table aren’t starting their celebrations on winning the title. That is ridiculous.

“So we are not panicking. We got a good performance against Glentoran and we move on. It’s onwards and upwards.”

Gray says his players should be relishing Sunday’s showdown with Cliftonville – who have won all four of their games this season without conceding a goal.

“We have a nice easy one on Sunday. Cliftonville have obviously started the season well and will be full of confidence,” he added.

“But that’s why we are here in the Premiership. These are the tests you want as a manager, and the players should relish it too.

“We are not shying away from the fact that we face a massive challenge on Sunday. But that’s great.”