Rapid return to basics the Annagh aim

Jaime Gardiner (right) with support from Steven Park during Annagh United's weekend defeat by Harland and Wolff Welders. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Jaime Gardiner (right) with support from Steven Park during Annagh United's weekend defeat by Harland and Wolff Welders. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Annagh United manager Dean Smith is calling for a positive response tonight (Friday) to last weekend’s harsh lesson against Harland and Wolff Welders.

Bangor will visit Tandragee Road tonight with the aim of adding another blow to Annagh morale in the aftermath of Saturday’s emphatic 3-0 defeat which left United with three dismissals.

Smith was sent off alongside players Mark Stewart and Andy Smith on a difficult afternoon for newly-promoted Annagh.

However, Smith is keen to push forward by making a return to the basic but effective elements which have helped Annagh collect 12 points from the club’s opening six games in Championship One.

“It is about getting back to what worked so well for us at the start of the season, in terms of that desire,” said Smith. “I felt we were lacking that energy on Saturday and did not win our personal battles.

“Full credit to the Welders but it was frustrating that we failed to reach those previous standards.

“I thought the referee’s performance was poor but that did not beat us as much as just a team performance short of that 100 per cent we so often get from the players.

“We have had a talk about the discipline situation but players missing games because of suspension opens up the door for others to come in and grab the shirt.

“We were given a reality check against the Welders but want to make sure it was just a one-off dip.”

Annagh also welcome Ards to Tandragee Road on Wednesday in the League Cup. Kick-off will be 7.45 tonight (Friday) and on Wednesday.