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Tipton: ĎThatís the Best Performance Iíve Seení

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Tipton: ĎThatís the Best Performance Iíve Seení thumbnailHAPPY at the top: Warrenpoint Town manager Matthew Tipton (right) and his assitant David Miskelly are delighted to be 12 points clear at the top of the Championship table.

BOSS Matthew Tipton was so impressed with the display of his Warrenpoint team as they demolished their main Championship rivals Ballyclare Comrades at Milltown on Saturday.

He said: "Today's performance was the best I've seen. It was unbelievable. The best football I've seen from any team since I've been in this country. I thought we were outstanding.

It was exactly what we asked them to do. I told them if we attacked the game we would be 2-0 up after 15 minutes but we were 3-0 up after 15 minutes. Then I hoped we could relax a little bit. But we didn't relax: we were relentless. Somebody said to me coming off that it was the equivalent of a steam train hitting something.

“4-0 at halftime, it was really difficult to expect the boys to go and deliver another 45 minutes of the same. To be honest I though they were out on their feet after an hour. We pride ourselves on our fitness and energy but when you give as much as we gave and despite being a hard taskmaster, it was hard to keep on at them to keep chasing everything down."

Once again John McGuigan was easily the best player on the park for Warrenpoint and his manager was pleased.

"John did really well today. I was impressed with his energy and work-rate. He scored two goals and could have (and maybe should have) had three more. He's a good footballer," said Tipton.

On why he substituted skipper Liam Bagnall at the break, the manager explained: "We took Liam Bagnall off at half-time purely because he's on nine bookings. We have games coming up where we will need him; he's been brilliant for us and I can't afford to have silly suspensions between now and the end of the season. Also it gave young Liam (McKenna) a chance to go out and play when we were 4-0 up and he had a bit of freedom."

Despite Warrenpoint being a massive 12 points clear at the top of the Championship, Tipton doesn't see it as a foregone conclusion that his team with win the league. He said: "It's far from over. Until it's mathematically impossible for anybody to catch us, promotion will not be mentioned.

We still have to play Ballyclare again up there, we still have to play Institute twice, while Dergview and, indeed all the rest of the top six, will give us tough games. PSNI beat us, Loughgall are on a good run and we drew down there so we know we are not going to get anything handy.

We have to make sure the boys are on top of their games and we win week in and week out until there's a stage where nobody can catch us.

“Can we go and show people why we are on top of the league? We have to go out and show everybody the reason we are 12 points clear. We are there for a reason. League tables don't lie and I hope they are not lying at the end of the season and then we're still sitting at the top of the league," said Tipton.

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