Anderson looking forward to tonight's Cliftonville clash

Published: 9 Oct 2012 14:11

Ballinamallard United will travel to Solitude tonight to take on league leaders Cliftonville in the last 16 of the Irn Bru Cup and manager Whitey Anderson says that they will be going to Belfast in a confident frame of mind following five successive league wins, including Saturday's superb 3-1 victory over league champions Linfield at Windsor Park.

Whitey Anderson.

"It is fair to say that we're going into tonight's game on a high after the Windsor Park experience on Saturday," said Anderson. "We are very aware that it is going to be a very tough game but we will be going there looking to make it through to the next round as it is a competition we want to do well in."

The Mallards have already defeated Cliftonville at Solitude this week with a 1-0 win in the league but Anderson will not be reading anything into that result.

"Yes, we did beat them but that counts for nothing tonight. There are a side with real quality who are top of the league and I am always impressed with their style of play," stated Whitey.

Anderson has another tough league game ahead on Saturday when the Mallards host second placed Coleraine and he may opt to freshen things up tonight against Cliftonville, although he feels any changes he may make will not weaken the side in any way.

"We may change things around a slight bit but as we're only splitting hairs between a number of our players anyway we won't be weakening the side. I would have great faith in the entire squad that whoever comes in will do a good job for us," added Anderson.

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