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Gray laments luck of the draw

Barry Gray felt Cliftonville deserved more than the point they were forced to settle for against Ballinamallard United yesterday.

Behind when Ryan Curran put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot, the Reds drew level courtesy of Garry Breen’s thumping header and were unfortunate not to go on to win, with Martin Donnelly having an effort cleared off the line, Jay Donnelly striking the inside of the post and Joe Gormley seeing a late attempt controversially chalked out for offside.

Gray was disappointed not to leave Ferney Park with maximum points but certainly saw plenty of positives in a Cliftonville display that was much improved from the midweek defeat at Coleraine.

“I think our performance was much better than it was on Tuesday night and we probably deserved to win the game, but we didn’t,” he said.

“I don’t think we can be too hard on ourselves about that. We missed a couple of glorious opportunities in the game but sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t and you just have to dust yourself off and go again next week.

“We are pleased with the reaction we have got from Tuesday night, we looked much more like a team. If we can keep working hard and showing the same desire as we did against Ballinamallard, I have no doubt that it will come together. We’ll come off the game in a relatively positive manner compared to Tuesday night.”