IRISH LEAGUE: Carrick Rangers manager Haveron looks for more progress against Ballymena United

Gary Haveron
Gary Haveron

Carrick Rangers boss Gary Haveron has urged his players to build on last week’s spirited display at Windsor Park.

The newly-promoted side claimed a point against Linfield in a game they should have won in south Belfast.

Miguel Chines’ penalty looked to have sealed a welcome win for Carrick, only for Aaron Burns to snatch a point for the Blues with a late equaliser.

Haveron was disappointed not to come away with the full spoils, but took heart from his side’s performance against the title challengers.

“We have to build on last week’s performance and kick-on from here. We can’t just get a result at Windsor and not follow it up,” said Haveron, whose side hosts Ballymena United on Saturday.

“We can’t raise our game for Linfield and then lower our efforts against someone else.

“That hasn’t been the case the season. We have been consistent and the lads give me everything. I can’t expect too much more.

“We just need a few breaks along the way.”

Haveron – whose side progressed to the semi-finals of the County Antrim Shield on Tuesday night – added: “Every point is precious for us. When you look at the bottom end of the table, every little counts.

“We want to try and get to safety as quickly as we can.

“We are sitting on 10 points, but we should be on much more. When you look at the points we have lost along the way, we should have double what we have got so far. We believe in our ability. We work hard and give it everything.”