Glenn Ferguson is demanding a response from his Ballymena United flops when they face Portadown at the Warden Street Showgrounds tomorrow.
The Sky Blues were dumped out of the League Cup by derby rivals Coleraine in midweek and Ferguson insists they now have an ideal opportunity of erasing that defeat from their memory by picking up three Danske Premiership points.
“I’ll be looking for something better than I got against Coleraine,” he said. “Granted we had quite a few players missing due to suspension and injury, but I’m not going to make that as an excuse.
“Every player in the squad should be capable of performing in the first team when called on. I expected better, especially with home advantage, but we looked like rabbits the headlights on occasions. Some of our boys just didn’t play to their potential.
“It was the manner of the defeat that really annoyed me.
“When you are playing against your biggest rivals in a cup quarter final, you give it you all. Sadly, that didn’t happen. You can’t afford to carry passengers.
“We conceded two sloppy goals due to people switching off.”
The good news for Ferguson is that David Cushley, Matty Tipton and Gary Thompson are all added to the squad to face the Ports.
“Ronnie McFall has come under pressure in recent weeks following a series of horrible results, but man for man, his starting eleven is as good as any in the league,” added Ferguson. “It is laced with quality and has the potential to blow any team away. Let’s hope it’s not us.
“The big incentive for us is the fact that three points can help us leap above Portadown in the table.”