Crusaders v Ballinamallard: Whitey Anderson wary of champions ahead of Seaview clash

Whitey Anderson
Whitey Anderson

Whitey Anderson is under no illusions as he prepares to take Ballinamallard United to the home of the champions.

Crusaders are still searching for their first win of the new Danske Bank Premiership season, but Anderson knows his side face a “massive test” at Seaview.

“I don’t think they won their opening two games last season, and we all know how it ended,” Anderson said.

“Crusaders won’t be panicking about their start. They are a quality side who will click into gear.

“We know we have to be on top of our game if we want to come away with anything. We need total effort, commitment and focus if we want to get some kind of result.

“If you don’t turn up you will get punished – simple as that.

“Seaview has never been a great hunting ground for us in the past, but stats are there to be broken.”

Ballinamallard have enjoyed an encouraging start to the season.

An opening day victory over Warrenpoint Town was followed by Wednesday’s draw with Dungannon Swifts.

“If you had offered me four points from two games before a ball was kicked, I would have taken it,” Anderson added.

“We have also had two clean sheets which is important. If you don’t concede then you give yourself a great chance of winning games.

“Goals are important, but not conceding them is just as crucial.”