IRISH LEAGUE: Gerard Lyttle relieved with point as Cliftonville held by Warrenpoint

Cliftonville's David McDaid in action with Warrenpoint's John Boyle.
Cliftonville's David McDaid in action with Warrenpoint's John Boyle.

Gerard Lyttle admitted his Cliftonville side were fortunate to escape with a draw following a lacklustre showing against Warrenpoint Town.

Despite taking a 44th minute lead through Davy McDaid, the Reds never really exerted serious authority on proceedings and were punished when Stephen Murray levelled midway through the second-half.

But for a point-blank header which Johnny Flynn was unable to steer on target, Lyttle’s side didn’t really threaten a winning strike with Warrenpoint duo Murray and Stephen Hughes coming closest as the clock ticked down.

“I don’t know what our problem was today; we were flat, we were lethargic and it just wasn’t good enough,” said Lyttle.

“I wasn’t happy with the way we’d played in the first-half and, even though we were ahead, I had a wee rattle at the boys at half-time to try and liven us up but it didn’t happen and, once Warrenpoint got their goal, I just thought ‘here we go again’.

“Credit to them because they came here with a plan, played it well and got the least they deserved.”

Warrenpoint manager Barry Gray has managed to stop the rot with three draws from three games.

“It’s like someone turned on a switch for a lot of our players a few weeks back,” said manager Barry Gray.

“Our performances have improved and we’ve stopped the run of defeats.

“Obviously the next step is getting a win on the board.”

CLIFTONVILLE: Devlin, McGovern, Ives, Flynn, Knowles, Curran, McDaid, Garrett, Catney, J Donnelly, Cosgrove. Subs: McMullan, M Donnelly (J Donnelly, 64 mins), McNicholl (Curran, 88 mins), Brennan, Mooney (McDaid, 81 mins).

WARRENPOINT: Parr, McVeigh, McGuigan, McDonald, Smith, Murray, Bagnall, M Hughes, Moan, Boyle, Donnelly. Subs: Clarke (Smith, 57 mins), S Hughes (Donnelly, 57 mins), Dane (McDonald, 88 mins), Rooney, Kierans.

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown)