Barry Gray wants Cliftonville to relish the challenge posed by this evening’s County Antrim Shield Quarter Final against Crusaders.
The Reds travel to Seaview little more than a fortnight after suffering a last-gasp Premiership defeat at the same venue but Gray believes his men should be buoyed by their weekend victory over Warrenpoint Town.
“We did well on Saturday,the players did everything that was asked of them and could rightly be pleased with how they did,” he explains.
“We now need to loook towards pushing on and trying to play with that sort of confidence more regularly. Games against Crusaders are always tough but we should look forward to going there and trying to win. There’s an edge to these derbies every time they come around and it would be a really positive result for us if we were able to add to the win at the weekend.
“There are a few players who have been out injured recently and who are close to making a comeback or returning to training, but just not quite close enough yet. We don’t have the luxury of making wholesale changes but we’ll be going into the game looking for a performance, a work rate and a result that we can keep building on.
“People keep saying Cliftonville haven’t clicked yet, but the way to get there is to do whatever it takes to win games.”
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