Paddy McLaughlin says Cliftonville must relish the challenge of going toe-to-toe with Crusaders this evening.
The Reds travel to Seaview for the third North Belfast Derby of the season and, having triumphed on their most recent visit to the Shore Road venue, will be searching for the win that woud lift them above their hosts, from whom they are separated by goal difference in the Danske Bank Premiership.
McLaughlin admits his players produced a big effort in the weekend’s Irish Cup defeat of Dungannon Swifts and knows more of the same will be required against the Crues.
“We’ll dust ourselves down and it will be another tough game against a strong Crusaders side,” he says.
“We want to maintain the run of form that we’re on and we’re well aware of how much these games and these occasions mean to our fans.
“It’s one that we’ll look forward to and North Belfast derbies are always great occasions.
“There’s not many matches left now until the split, when all the big games will come thick and fast one after the other and these are the games you want to compete and do well in to give yourself a chance of being in the mix towards the end.”
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