Gary Haveron admits his Carrick Rangers braves can’t afford to feel sorry for themselves ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Coleraine at the Loughshore Hotel Arena.
The Rangers felt hard done by last week when referee Keith Kennedy awarded Portadown a 94th minute penalty kick, that was dispatched by Gary Twigg which nicked three Danske Premiership points.
“It was a cruel way to lose,” said Haveron. “Our performance didn’t deserve it. But we must put it behind us. It’s now all about showing character against Coleraine. The players have got to put that out of their heads.
“Ryan (Kane) went to ground when Ross Redman was going away from goal. When we reviewed it, there was no contact . . . it was a pure dive. The referee got it wrong.
“To be honest, our performance would have warranted three points, never mind one. But to end up with none was really cruel.”
Haveron, who will be without his skipper Aaron Harmon, who is suspended for six games, is still looking for his first home win over the season.
“We’ve been well in every game,” he adds. “Yes, I want to get results, but I’m not overly concerned about home form. I’ll take points anywhere and everywhere we can get them.
“Basically, we should be sitting with more points than what we have. Coleraine are flying at the minute. Oran (Kearney) has really steadied the ship.”
“He has persevered with the kids and it has paid off . . . the are playing with no fear. But we need to get points on the board and that’s our priority.”
Striker Miguel Chines and defender Andrew Doyle return to the Rangers squad following suspension.
The Bannsiders are coming off the back of an unimpressive performance at home to Warrenpoint Town, but they still ended with three points to enhance their league position.
“The result was pleasing, but the performance wasn’t so good,” said manager Oran Kearney. “But it works both ways. There are games in which you play well and finish with nothing -- that’s football.
“Some of our decision making wasn’t what it should have been, but I hope the boys will learn from it.
“We are a young side and you are better learning lessons picking up three points. I’ll certainly be looking for a better performance at Carrick.