Ballinamallard United manager Whitey Anderson feels his side need to be more clinical after watching his side succumb 4-1 to Glentoran at Ferney Park on Tuesday night.
The Mallards had more than held their own in the first half as they went in level at the break, 1-1, and indeed if they had taken their chances they would have gone in ahead at the interval. However, Glentoran controlled matters in the final 30 minutes of the game and gave Ballinamallard a lesson in how to take their chances.
"I think anybody at the game would say that 4-1 was harsh on us and I thought we were magnificent in the first half. In fact we should really have gone in at half time in front as we had a couple of good chances that we didn't take. I told the boys afterwards though that we missed chances in the first half that other teams would probably have scored. Goals change matches and we need to be more clinical when we have the chance," said Anderson.
And Whitey feels that it may have been a different game had the Mallards taken one of two good chances prior to half time.
"If we had gone in ahead at half time I think it could have been a different game but it was not the case and you have to give credit to the Glens they played really well in the last half an hour," he added.
The Mallards boss is keen for his players to learn the lessons from the back to back defeats to Crusaders and Glentoran as they prepare for another tough test this week when they face league leaders Cliftonville. And he believes that the players now need to focus on their football and put any media attention that has come from the fact that they are in the Premierhsip for the first time to bed.
"You learn more in defeat than winning and I have to say that I was pleased with the response on Tuesday from the loss on Saturday. We now need to learn from the Glentoran game and move on. I also think it is now time for the players to focus solely on football. We're all delighted to be in the Premiership and the attention that has brought to the club has been great but we can't afford to get caught up in it, we need to focus on trying to win games." And he expects a togh test on Saturday.
"Cliftonville are a really good side. They are the league leaders and it is going to be a tough test. We are going to be without Conor O'Grady and Stuart Hutchinson but it's a chance for somebody else to come in."