Institute chief Paul Kee insists his team face two mammoth games in the form of Ballymena United and Warrenpoint Town over the next week.
The North West club, still smarting from their thumping defeat at Solitude last weekend, roll out the welcome mat for Glenn Ferguson’s Sky Blues on Saturday, desperately needing the points to prise them away from the basement area of the Danske Bank Premiership table.
“Basically, we are sitting in 10th place with 18 points. Had I been offered that at the start of the season, I’d have taken it,” said Kee.
“However we desperately need points going into this Christmas period, we need a win and we have to make sure that we have people taking responsibility with the chances which we are creating.
“It’s no secret we are struggling in front of goal. In saying that, other parts of our game are good. At the end of the day, it’s goals that wins you matches.”
Kee admitted he is relieved to have the Stephen O’Flynn saga over and done with.
Even though the big Cork man has agreed to join Crusaders in the January transfer window, Kee opted to leave him out of the side at Solitude last weekend.
Kee added: “Stephen’s mind wasn’t right in terms of playing for us, his mind was on his move to Crusaders next month. That is why I pulled him out of the squad which took on Cliftonville last Saturday and it’s also the reason why he has now left our club.
“To be honest, even though we were beaten 4-0, I wasn’t entirely disappointed with our performance at Cliftonville. We were playing the champions in their own back yard.”
United boss Glenn Ferguson, still without a posse of injured players, will urge his lads to forget their League Cup semi final win at Ballinamallard.
“They must come back down again following the euphoria of reaching another final,” he said.
“We badly need the points because we don’t want to get sucked into the bottom three or four in the table, which could easily happen.”