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Pressing forward

Michael Press says it’s important for Cliftonville to start generating momentum in ther bid to bounce back from a disappointing run of results.

The former Olympic boss will be in the senior dugout when the Reds host Glenavon on Saturday and, while acknowledging that the coaching staff and players are responsible for addressing the team’s form, is keen for supporters to play a positive role.

“I want our fans to know that I’ll be working my hardest to put things right,” he asserts.

“I understand the supporters’ frustrations. I’m a supporter myself so I know exactly how they feel about results over the last period of time, but I also know how good this team and squad can be.

“We’re not far away, but we need momentum. That starts with the team, although the supporters can help too because having them on our side is important.

“Cliftonville has always been a family and families stick together through tough times. Myself, Marc Smyth and Barry Johnston will do everything we can in the lead-up to Saturday’s game, we’ll ask the players to take things on board and work hard for eachother – and I know that’s what our supporters will respond to.”