Causeway Chronicle

Cliftonville stand in way of a good Cup campaign

After another disappointing defeat to Loughgall, attention now turns to Friday night and a crunch Irish Cup clash with Cliftonville.

MICHAEL ANDERSON caught up with Stephen Lomas for his latest thoughts…

There’s no getting away from the fact we are going through a bad phase right now.

It is difficult for Oran with so many key players out.

But he somehow has to galvanise the team for Friday’s match.

There’s a tendency when results aren’t going your way to tinker with things.

But I feel we need to stick to a formation.

Sometimes changing things about gives players excuses. 

The players also have to take accountability.

When you’re on a bad run and confidence is low you have to go back to basics.

By that I mean winning your individual battles and too many aren’t doing that at present.

We are being outworked by so-called lesser teams and that’s a terrible indictment of any player.

I thought Lee Lynch and our two full back’s were the only players to come out with any credit against Loughgall.

Fair play to them by the way. 

They deserve a lot of credit. They had a game plan which they executed perfectly and a few impressive players.

The players need to win their individual battles and retain concentration – to concede the second goal straight after equalising was poor.

As for Friday, it’s going to be difficult.

Jim Magilton has assembled a good squad of talented players.

Let’s hope we can lift ourselves and get a run in the Irish Cup.


Maurice Bradley