Paddy McLaughlin expects Cliftonville to face another battle when they square up to Warrenpoint Town at Milltown tomorrow.
Seven days on from what the boss described as an “ugly” win over Carrick Rangers, the Reds take on the Danske Bank Premiership’s bottom side – who, McLaughlin says, will be fired up to dig themselves out of a poor run of form.
“Last week, we had to work really hard and grind out a win against Carrick and that’s because, when you go to places like that, they make life as difficult as possible for you,” he explains.
“We got the three points and a clean sheet, which is something I think a lot of teams would happily take down there this season – but plenty won’t be able to. We had to show a side to our game that proved we were willing to really fight hard and keep going until we found a way through.”
McLaughlin expects more of the same at Warrenpoint, where Cliftonville sides have regularly found the going tough down through the years.
“You don’t get easy games in this League, especially away from home,” he adds.
“We need to work hard to allow our quality to come through. Every team has their own motivation on the day but our focus has to be on ourselves and on what we can bring to the game.
“If we look after our performance and put the work in, I know we’re capable of winning any game.”
With traffic in Newry expected to be heavier than usual due to the ongoing Pride In Newry Festival, supporters are advised to allow extra time for their journeys to the game.