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‘It’s all about who turns up on the day’

Thursday, 18 January 2018

‘It’s all about who turns up on the day’ thumbnailA delighted Eoin Bradley is all smiles after coming off the bench to score the only goal of the game in the 1-0 defeat of Dungannonn Swifts at the weekend. The Kilrea man could be a big player when the top two teams in the league meet on Saturday. Wk03006

COLERAINE manager Oran Kearney believes previous league games between the Danske Bank Premiership's top two will have little bearing on what happens when Crusaders visit the Showgrounds this Saturday.
The Bannsiders hold the upper hand on this weekend's opponents having defeated the Crues on their own patch back in August before gaining a 1-1 draw at Ballycastle Road at the end of November.
However, the visitors go into Saturday's crunch encounter on the back of a long unbeaten run which has seen them replace long-time leaders Coleraine at the head of affairs.
A stoppage time goal from leading scorer Jordan Owens earned Crusaders a 1-0 win over Ards while Eoin Bradley climbed off the bench to rescue his side with a late winner away at Dungannon.
“I don't know about prime position whoever wins on Saturday as we've still got 14 or 15 games left to play," admitted Oran.
“It's a big game but if we win we get three points - the same as we got today.
“We don't place priority of fixtures and we don't place priority on opposition as regards what would be a high ranking win or a low ranking win. We'll take as much pleasure out of the three points against Dungannon and we look forward to this week.
“I don't draw too much on the fact Crusaders haven't beaten us in the league yet. It's all about who turns up on Saturday.
“What's happened this season has happened - it's all about what happens in the future," he added.
Victory for the hosts would see them replace the north Belfast club at the head of affairs but Crusaders striker Jordan Owens has warned that the visitors are also targeting a win.
“This is a tough league and it did hurt us losing the league last season," he admitted.
“Sometimes you just have to grind out results.
“Coleraine are a good side with quality players and it will be tough but it's a game we will look to win," added Owens.
Home manager Oran Kearney is expected to have a fully fit squad to select from which could present him with a number of difficult decisions.
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