Institute facing up to crunch time in league

Institute boss Paul Kee
Institute boss Paul Kee

Paul Kee admits Institute are facing crunch time in their relegation scrap.

The Drumahoe club are labouring at the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership.

They are five points adrift of nearest rivals Warrenpoint Town – who they face in a titanic basement battle at Milltown on Saturday.

Kee has targeted maximum points from the club’s next two fixtures to give them a chance of climbing off the bottom of the table –and keep their Premiership survival hopes alive.

“We have to try and win our next two games to give ourselves a fighting chance,” he said.

“We have had a tough run of fixtures recently against Cliftonville, Linfield and Crusaders. They are all at the top end of the table.

“At the end of the day we didn’t pick up any points, and that makes this Saturday’s game against Warrenpoint like a cup final.

“We are going to have to treat this game as a one-off. It is a massive fixture for both clubs.

“Warrenpoint probably don’t have to win the game – a draw would be a decent result for them.

“The pressure is on us to go and win the game, and that’s what we are aiming to do. It will be a battle, it will be physical.

“That is something we have to be ready for.”

Kee admits he may ring the changes for the trip to Milltown.

“I just feel some players have to stand up and be counted. Some of them haven’t admitted responsibility for some of the recent results,” he added.

“Some of the players will be disappointed, because changes will be made.

“We need to freshen things up and give some of the other lads a chance. It’s make or break now and we have to go for it.

“We need to start showing some character and mettle and try and get a positive result on Saturday.”