IRISH LEAGUE: Gerard Lyttle targets win as Cliftonville look to keep pressure on title rivals

Gerard Lyttle
Gerard Lyttle

Cliftonville boss Gerard Lyttle hopes his players can get back on the winning trail on Friday night and keep pace on their title rivals.

The Reds have drawn their last two Premiership outings, with a County Antrim Shield defeat to Linfield sandwiched in between.

It leaves Lyttle’s side five points adrift of joint leaders Crusaders and Linfield.

“We want to keep pace with the top of the table. I don’t think there’s a great difference between the teams up there at the moment, including the likes of Coleraine and Glenavon,” Lyttle said ahead of Friday’s clash with Warrenpoint Town at Solitude.

“They are all capable of beating each other. As a team, our focus is on game by game, but we want to stay right up there.

“That’s why Friday night is a must-win for us. Three points will put a little bit more pressure on the other teams come Saturday.

“Crusaders and Linfield play each other so points will be dropped somewhere, so that’s an incentive. Coleraine also have a hard game against Portadown.

“It’s a chance for us to register three important points ahead of the other clubs playing on Saturday.

“We’ve had two draws in the league, so it’s important we get back to winning games again.

“Having said that, we had two very difficult games away to Coleraine and at home to Glenavon, so it’s always fine margins in games like that.”