‘No Crues complacency’

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter
Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter insists complacency will not be an issue when his team travel to basement side Warrenpoint Town tomorrow.

On paper, it’s a miss-match, with Crusaders flying high, five points clear at the top of the Danske Premiership table.

But Baxter will have his boys’ feet firmly on the ground for what he describes as ‘banana skin’ fixture.

“We are expected to win, but it doesn’t work like that,” he warns. “Warrenpoint are scrapping for their lives. They may be at the bottom, but they will come good, they have too many good players. We have to make sure it doesn’t happen against us.

“We prepare the same way, whether it’s a top six team or a bottom six team.”

Baxter is sweating on the availability of Jordan Forsythe, otherwise he will take a full squad to Milltown.

Town boss Barry Gray torpedoed rumous he was about to walk away from the club following last weekend’s horrible thumping by Coleraine. However, the smile returned to his face after his team’s League Cup win at Institute in midweek, which earned them a semi final slot.

“I was really down after the weekend result,” he said. “I needed to get away for a few days to get my head straight. We now come up against the champions -- they don’t come much more difficult.

“But our season will not be based on results against the ‘big guns’. It certainly would be a bonus if we did, but we must start taking points off the teams in an around us in the table in the bottom six.”