Glenn Ferguson believes Saturday’s WASP Solutions League Cup final against Cliftonville will be tighter than many people predict.
With Ballymena United’s first three games of 2015 producing 20 goals, many observers are tipping a feast of goals as Ferguson’s men take on the league champions in the Windsor Park showdown (5.30pm).
“We’re looking forward to it but there hasn’t been too much talk of it over the last couple of weeks,” Ferguson told Times Sport.
“We’ve tried to keep it low-key until this week and we’re making the final preparations now.
“We will work desperately hard this week to see how we can put in a good performance and hopefully bring the trophy back to Ballymena.
“It will be a tough game but I’m hoping the players can draw on the experience of the last two cup finals.
“You can’t hide from the fact we’ve conceded the most goals in the league, although we’ve proved at the other end that we’ve got firepower.
“Sometimes, when the teams involved in a final have been scoring goals, defences can come out on top and the game can end 0-0 or 1-0.
“We need to learn to defend better and to do the right things at the right times.
“We will go with our gameplan, try to get into good areas and if and when we get the chances, try to score goals, which we have been doing quite freely.
“We have to react better and try not to concede from open play and try to keep it tight for as long as possible,” added Ferguson.