Carrick Rangers boss Gary Haveron declared his team will “embrace” Saturday’s showdown with Danske Bank Premiership champions Crusaders at Seaview.
Carrick have reeled in nine points from their eight starts in the big league, which has taken them to within touching distance of the top six.
But Haveron makes no bones about it, survival is the name of the game and he admits a 10th-place finish at the end of the season will have the champagne corks popping.
“It’s a big ask for us at Seaview,” he said. “They are the champions and deservedly so.
“They play to a certain style and it’s going to be very difficult combating that.
“We know what to expect. And we know how difficult it will be. We played them in the cup last year. We led 1-0 until about the 60th minute and they scored two in the space of a few minutes. That’s what they are capable of.
“We are learning as quickly as we possibly as we can. We are trying all the time to improve –looking at areas where we can up our game.
“The boys are all young and hungry and they are all eager to improve. As long as they are committed and work as hard as they do, we’ve got a good chance.”
Defender Andrew Doyle returns from suspension, which means Carrick will be at full strength.
Apart from Chris Morrow, Crues boss Stephen Baxter will also have a full squad available.