Davy McDaid admits hard work and endeavour will be the key to Cliftonville’s title push this season.
The Reds proved their fight for the cause with last week’s spirited 2-2 draw against Crusaders.
Trailing 2-0 to the champions, Cliftonville hit back with goals from McDaid and Jay Donnelly to claim a valuable point.
It keeps the Crues’ lead at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership at eight points heading into Friday’s New Year fixtures.
And McDaid – who bagged his 16th goal of the season at Seaview – is ready for the battle that lies in wait.
“How do we claw back Crusaders? I think we just have to keep fighting and working hard,” he said.
“Last week’s draw against Crusaders should give everyone a lift. We feel we should have won that game, but to come back from two goals down is positive.
“I think if we had fallen 11 points behind, even at this stage of the season it would be hard to come back.
“We have proved we are up for the fight this season and we just have to keep working hard.”
Next up for Gerard Lyttle’s side is Friday afternoon’s home clash with basement club Warrenpoint Town.
“Our focus turns to Warrenpoint which is another hard test,” McDaid added.
“They might be bottom but they are just as desperate for the points as we are. So we are under no illusions.”