DERGVIEW supremo Peter Allen said his players must get back to basics in a bid to avoid finishing in the bottom two of the Bluefin Sport Championship.
The Castlederg outfit are currently occupying the play-off spot after drawing 1-1 with third from bottom Knockbreda at Darragh Park on Saturday.
A late equaliser by substitute Alex Pomeroy means Dergview remain three points behind ‘Breda and five adrift of Limavady but with a game in hand of both.
Tomorrow, the North Tyrone men travel to the Roesiders hoping to further boost their survival chances.
And following Saturday’s disappointing draw, Allen wants his players to play their way out of trouble.
He said, “They’re all massive games at this stage but we want to get back to basics again, pass and moving the ball, that’s what we are good at.
“If we go and fight with teams, teams love that because that’s what this division is all about.
“We have to show more quality on the ball, got to be braver and even when things are not going our way we still have to keep doing the basics well.”
Reflecting on Saturday’s drawn encounter in which Pomeroy’s 87th minute equaliser cancelled out Ryan Arthur’s opener for the visitors, Allen believes the importance of the occasion had got to his players.
He admitted that both teams were afraid to lose the relegation six-pointer but insisted that showing any fear was nit the way forward for his players.
“From first whistle to last whistle we just weren’t at it, the quality wasn’t there,” he continued.
“I think the occasion got to the players, I sensed it beforehand, they were nervous and the display showed that.
“That said the character was good, we got a point out of it in the end, we could have lost it.
“What disappointed me the most was that since I came in its been full throttle, we didn’t do that today.
“Our passing and movement was no existent so that was the most disappointing thing. Then again football isn’t straightforward, so we have to take the rough with the smooth.
“We didn’t deserve to lose. Alan Buchanan didn’t have a save to make and when he picks the ball out of the net, you’re left scratching your head.
“We missed one from a yard out, over the bar. We’d been disappointed if we came out with nothing.”
Allen also believed that his team missed the pace and industry of new signing Adam Dougherty and Matty Callaghan, who were both unavailable.
Kick-off in Limavady on Saturday is 3pm
Posted: 5:53 pm April 6, 2018
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