IVAN Sproule is adamant that Dergview’s approach will not change between now and season’s end, even after his side fell to a 1-0 home defeat to bottom side, Limavady United, last time out.
Following a frustrating clash against the Roesiders that saw Dergview fail to capitalise on their dominance and rue a couple of refereeing decisions before Alex Pomeroy returned to haunt his former employers with the winning goal, Sproule believes the status quo remains ahead of Knockbreda’s visit today.
“Since I took the club over they have all been must win games, so it’s no different to any other week and that’s the way I’ve approached it since I took charge,” he stressed.
“It was a mess when I came in, we were stone last in the league and no-one gave us a chance so every game my players have played has been a pressure game and the one thing that will not change is they will know the requirements on Saturday.
“They have dug themselves out of it and have given themselves a real chance after winning five, drawing one and losing one, their form going into the Limavady game was probably better than any other Championship side, so we know there is a performance in us to get a result against Knockbreda.”
Having beaten the Belfast side comprehensively 4-0 in the last meeting between the sides, Sproule is keen to guard against complacency, and he believes the Limavady reverse could help in that regard.
“I think Limavady was a blessing in disguise, because it’s given the boys a reality check and they know they have to go for it again on Saturday,” he admitted.
“We’ve been working tirelessly hard on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday morning, so that will be five sessions they will have had since the Limavady game so you can guarantee the coaching staff, including myself, are working to improve the areas we need to sharpen up on.
“I don’t put a target and I actually don’t know how many points we have, I literally want to win as many games as we can before the end of the season because if we win them all we’ll stay up – that’s the way I look at it.
“I never set myself targets like that, every Saturday I want to win and if we do that we’ll stay up, if we don’t we go down, it’s as simple as that.”
Kick off at Darragh Park is 3pm this afternoon.