Ballinamallard United boss Whitey Anderson has urged his players to build on Wednesday’s JBE League Cup success over Linfield.
The Mallards earned a 1-0 win over the Blues to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition.
Now Anderson hopes they can replicate that performance against Premiership champions Crusaders on Saturday at Ferney Park.
“It is a tough couple of fixtures for us, but we are confident we can get another positive result on Saturday,” Anderson said.
“I thought we deserved our win at Windsor Park on Wednesday. We weathered a bit of a storm in the opening 20 minutes, but the lads grew in confidence and we got the goal – and could have added another.
“Not we have to play like that, or possibly improve on that performance, against Crusaders.”
Crusaders will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of their League Cup exit on Wednesday – the Premiership leaders crashing out to Championship side Institute.
“They are a very strong side who have so much strength in depth. They will be disappointed to be knocked out of the League Cup,” Anderson said.
“We know it is going to a massive test for us, but it is one we are looking forward to.
“If we can put in the same effort and commitment as we did against Linfield, then we are more than capable of getting a result.”