Liam Bagnall has warned that anything less than a wholehearted display will cost Cliftonville dearly in tonight’s Europa League Play-Off Semi Final with Coleraine.
The Reds have enjoyed a marked improvement in performances and results since Paddy McLaughlin’s appointment as Manager, but ended their Danske Bank Premiership campaign with off-colour defeats to Linfield and Glenavon – which Bagnall insists they must eradicate ahead of this evening’s battle with the Bannsiders.
“There were a few big players not playing but we expected to do a lot better than we produced against Glenavon,” he admits.
“It was the same from the previous Tuesday against Linfield, almost like a carry-on performance and it won’t be good enough against Coleraine.
“We’re going to have to get that out of our system very quickly. We’ve had four or five sessions since and we’ve had to improve in our sharpness in front of goal so hopefully it shows against Coleraine.”
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