Tuesday, 14 November 2017

TIPPY PROUD OF PLAYERS thumbnail STEPHEN Murray celebrates his second goal for Warrenpoint against Carrick.

WARRENPOINT Town manager Matthew Tipton wants his side to use Saturday's win over ten-man Carrick Rangers as a springboard to the season as they face Glentoran at the weekend.

Stephen Murray's brace was enough to lift Warrenpoint out of the relegation zone of the Dankse Bank Premiership and Tipton feels that the Seasiders could have an upturn on fortunes.

"This is our first win away of the season and it comes off the back of a draw against Ballymena two weeks ago so I hope our form is turning," he said.

"I was delighted with the boys - I am so pleased and proud of them because they have a had a tough start to the season. I have said each week that we are not hitting the heights that we are expecting them to hit.

Maybe my expectations are set higher than what they can deliver. It's not a nice thing to say to them but I thought today we were nearing to where I want our team to play and how we want to play more importantly.

"We had good possession in the first half and we made the wrong decisions at time but in the second half we were clinical. Thankfully our boys showed plenty of character."

The Seasiders have a game in hand over the teams below them but Warrenpoint should be confident in being capable of beating the teams again that are currently below them, such as Carrick, Ards and Ballinamallard.

It will take the Town more wins to keep them out of the relegation play-off place but in order to stay clear of the drop zone they will need to wrestle points from teams above them, like they did against David Jefferies' Ballymena United last month.

When I asked Tipton on his season ambitions he joked: "I want it to finish tonight." But the Point boss feels it is imperative that they take confidence from the win over Carrick and deliver a performance against Belfast's Glentoran.

"Truth be the told, we will see here we are after 38 games," Tipton said.

"In the context of the season coming away to Carrick and getting a win and hopefully it expects us to get a springboard and we have to follow it up with a home performance against Glentoran next week.

"And as I told the players to enjoy it but it's gone now and they don't get anything next week for winning today. We have to try and get more points on the board."


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