GLENN Ferguson admitted that progressing to the sixth round of the Irish Cup was his players’ only saving grace after Saturday’s struggle against Warrenpoint Town.
“We’re disappointed in the performance. We told them before they went out that it was going to be hard and their attitude had to be right and they had to match Warrenpoint’s work-rate and they didn’t.
“After we went 1-0 up we should have kicked on and we didn’t.
“Warrenpoint were unfortunate not to be in the draw. We didn’t deserve to lose and I don’t think they did either.
“We had that extra wee bit of Premiership quality in Alan Davidson who scored a great goal to win it.
I’m by no means pleased with the performance but the most important thing was that we were in the hat.
“We didn’t play well either individually or collectively. We were just waiting for someone else to do something to make something happen.
We didn’t do enough to justify winning that game but cup matches are funny and we ended up winning it and I’m sure Warrenpoint are gutted.
“They were nippy and quick on the turn and if their finishing had been better they could maybe have had a better result.
“We brought Alan Davidson on in the second half and tried to get on the ball in midfield and it didn’t work either because we didn’t get enough of the ball and when we did get it, we weren’t good enough on it,” added Ferguson, who is relishing the prospect of a sixth round clash against rivals Coleraine.
“The most important thing is we’ve got a home draw, no matter who we play.
“Obviously there will be a bit of spice about it with it being a local derby.
“They will be fancying themselves because they have a good record against us so it should be interesting - there will be a lot of hype in the build-up.
“It could have been worse, we could have been drawn away but it’s another home game, another good gate financially and hopefully a better performance from us.
“It’s a cup game and anything can happen and hopefully we will have a few players back from injury by that time,” added Ferguson.