Glenn Ferguson hopes Ballymena United can translate last week’s spirited display against Linfield into some tangible reward in the weeks to come.
The Sky Blues may have suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat to Linfield, but the performance was just the tonic Ferguson was seeking following the previous week’s 7-0 mauling to champions Cliftonville.
The fixture schedule shows no sign of abating for United, with title contenders Crusaders up next on Saturday afternoon at the Showgrounds.
The Crues go into the game on the back of a disappointing two-game losing run – including a shock County Antrim Shield exit to Championship side Bangor.
Ferguson is under no illusions going into the clash, but has demanded more of the same from his players after last week’s encouraging display.
“If we put in our second half performance against Linfield then we will give Crusaders a game,” he said.
“Crusaders are coming off the back of two disappointing defeats against Bangor and Portadown.
“They will be looking to get a result. We will go into this game with a game plan and see how we go.
“We showed character against Linfield, and now we have to translate that into a positive result.
“I am not blaming injuries, but they have played a big part in some of our displays.
“We are missing players who would probably start every week. But we just have to get on with it, and it gives other lads a chance.”