Lyndon Kane wants a quicker start from Coleraine

Lyndon Kane was honest in his assessment of Coleraine’s performance on Saturday as they dropped two points in their pursuit of league leaders Linfield.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 6:03 am

A lacklustre first half left the Bannsiders with only 45 minutes to try and find a winner.

They did push hard hitting the woodwork twice, but in the end they had to settle for a point against Glenavon.

“Without a doubt it was a game of two halves,” said Kane.

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“If we want to do well and kick on, we can’t afford to start games like that and have one good half and one bad half.

“That’s probably cost us in the end because you’re leaving yourself 45 minutes to win a game, which is tough for any team to do.

“There’s no reason as to why that is as you expect to kick on after the back of a good win on Tuesday night.

“Obviously Glenavon are a tough team to beat with how they set-up, it’s a straight 4-4-2 against a 4-4-2 but their wingers are probably a lot higher than ours.

“It’s hard to play against but that’s no excuse for us not starting well in the first-half and that’s something we have to work on.

“If we want do well and kick on from now, it’s something we have to do.

“You don’t have to be bang on the money for the whole 90 minutes but you need to create chances.

“I don’t think we created a chance in the first-half and you can play bad and create chances, but we weren’t getting the ball in the box enough and their keeper didn’t have a save to make.

“It’s disappointing because we have hit the post twice in the second-half, their keeper has had to punch a lot from crosses and make a few saves.

“It’s something we need to do for a prolonged period in the game.

“Sometimes you feel you don’t get the rub of the green as Skinner hits the post, the ball rebounds off Curtis and straight into the ‘keeper.

“There is one where Josh has a shot deflected and the ‘keeper somehow gets down and saves it.

“Stewart Nixon comes on and does well and also hits the post which makes you think it’s going to be one of those days.

“As a player you can’t think like that either as you have to keep pushing as you need every three points available.

“We tried to get them but it’s disappointing.

“The first-half was poor but you can still play poor and win.

“We just didn’t create chances to grind the game out which we are good at.

“We don’t concede many goals, there was one big save that Gareth had to make, but apart from that we didn’t have a scare and looked defensively sound.

“It’s that cutting edge that we lacked not from our strikers but from everyone.”

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