Whitey Anderson hoping Ballinamallard can heap more misery on Cliftonvile

Cliftonville's David McDaid  in action with Crusaders' Craig McClean
Cliftonville's David McDaid in action with Crusaders' Craig McClean

Whitey Anderson is hoping Ballinamallard United can heap more festive misery on Cliftonville on Tuesday night.

The Mallards are preparing for the visit of the wounded champions to Ferney Park (7.45pm kick-off).

Tommy Breslin’s side have slipped to fourth in the Danske Bank Premiership following back-to-back defeats over Christmas.

A late 2-1 reverse to Glentoran on December 20 was followed by a 1-0 defeat to North Belfast derby rivals Crusaders on Boxing Day.

It leaves the Reds a hefty seven points adrift of leaders Linfield with 15 games remaining.

The Mallards are also on the rebound following their 2-0 defeat to Dungannon on Boxing Day.

“We lost 2-0 to Dungannon, and it is what we deserved,” Anderson said.

“We knew the importance of the fixture but we didn’t perform on the day.

“We could have gone nine points clear of the bottom three, now we are only three ahead.

“Cliftonville will also be looking to bounce back.

“There is no easy time to play them, and after losing two games on the bounce they will be determined to get back on track.

“They are still a quality team with a very strong squad, and whoever finishes above them at the end of the season will be very close to winning the title.

“We just have to make sure we put in a performance of our own, and hopefully a positive result will follow.

“We can’t be worrying about how Cliftonville will respond to their own performances.

“We can only focus on ourselves and trying to get points on the table.”

A midweek trip to Ferney Park on a cold December night is perhaps the last thing Breslin and Cliftonville want as they look to revive their ailing title defence.

Not that Anderson is buying into such a theory.

“People keep talking about teams having to travel to Ballinamallard on a Tuesday night, or even on a Saturday, and they make a big deal of the traveling involved,” he added.

“What they don’t realise is that we have to do those journeys every other week.

“We don’t make a song and dance about it, we just get on with it.

“And I am sure Cliftonville will just get on with it on Tuesday night. They are a good side,” he added.