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Things can only get better - Tipton

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

WARRENPOINT Town manager Matthew Tipton said that he's seen enough from his side's opening league games to justify his belief that results will soon improve at Milltown, writes Martin McGuigan.

The 'Point slid to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Glentoran on Saturday, a game that saw Tipton's side hit the woodwork and spurn a number of gilt-edged chances against the Glens.

However, Tipton believes that his side have to become much more clinical to acclimatise to the top division.

He said: "I think the performances have been good.

On Saturday we created numerous chances but ultimately we came away with nothing.

"I think we're now in the harsh reality of Premier League football, whereby you can play as well as you like and come away with nothing.

"Creating chances and scoring chances are the toughest things to do in football. We're creating the chances. We had five very good chances on Saturday and on another day two of them would've went in.

"We played Lurgan Celtic on Tuesday night, who are top of the Championship, obviously where we've just come from, and we won. We played better on Saturday and we came away with nothing," added the coach.

His side will be without the suspended Darren Murray for Saturday's game against Ballymena after he was sent-off against Glentoran for the second game in a row, though Tipton is confident that Stephen Murray can step up to mark, saying: "Darren will be suspended.

He's a big loss, but we've got Stephen Murray coming in. I touched on the Lurgan Celtic game there and he came in and scored two. Obviously we don't want to lose Darren but we've a very good player coming in.

Tipton believes that the players are starting to buy into his philosophy and is confident that results will soon pick up for the 'Point.

He said: "Looking at it now, we're now clicking and we're now starting to play the football that we've been coaching and encouraging since day one. We're now getting the movement off the ball that I wanted. As much as I'm disappointed that we've been beaten, I'm pleased with the performances that we're putting in.

"We're hoping soon enough that the results start to mirror the performances. I'll be the happiest man in the world if we nick a 1-0 win and don't play great on Saturday, but I also like good football with an attacking style of play.

"I would like to do it the right kind of way, but ultimately I know that results are the most important thing," added Tipton.

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