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Barry Gray says that Ballymena United’s recent form commands respect ahead of this evening’s Danske Bank Premiership clash at Solitude – and insists he’s happy to be facing a team who will push his players all the way.

The Reds signed off from 2017 with a dominant display in a scoreless draw with Coleraine on Saturday and, as they bid to begin the New Year on a winning note against the Braidmen, Gray says: “I’m actually pleased our next match is against a good team that’s on a run of form – because it means we know we have to be fully switched on and fully at it again.

“Ballymena have been going about their business quietly and have probably climbed into the top six without too many people noticing, but their form has been good and they’re a match for anyone. They won’t let us away with it if we don’t produce.

“After Saturday, I want us to keep showing that we can turn up and perform against good teams. We deserved to win that game but it’s gone now and there’s nothing we can do except try to replicate the performance and, obviously, make sure we finish off the chances we create.

“We gave our supporters something to get behind on Saturday, so the challenge now is to go out, do it again and show how well we can compete.”

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