Following just four matches in 77 days and lower off four points adrift at the foot of the Irish Premiership desk, Carrick Rangers boss Niall Currie could be excused for concentrating on the negatives.
When Carrick beat Portadown on 10 November it would be the last time they would kick a ball in anger for three weeks because of to a Covid-19 outbreak in their opponent’s camp.
3 fixtures adopted at the get started of December and then the league was shut down as soon as a lot more until the new 12 months.
A spirited overall performance from Coleraine at the beginning of January failed to produce the wished-for final result, and a combination of frozen pitches and circuit-breakers intended football was on hold after additional.
Regardless of all this, as Carrick side return to motion versus Glentoran on Tuesday night, Currie has an optimistic outlook.
“It can be not best and it is very, pretty tricky to get everything heading,” said the 48-year-old on the club’s enforced crack.
“I’ve reported to the players that we are incredibly blessed and lucky to be playing soccer. A ton of folks would enjoy to be education by way of the 7 days and then actively playing on a Saturday.”
Carrick are four factors off Dungannon Swifts in 11th place in the desk but, crucially, have four games in hand over the Swifts. It can simply be argued that Carrick’s place, largely down to their video games in hand, is not reflective of their opportunity.
Soon after earning promotion from the Championship, Currie’s gentlemen impressed in the top rated flight last season and never ever seemed in threat of relegation on their way to an eighth-spot complete in the curtailed marketing campaign.
Having said that with the Taylor’s Avenue outfit only element-time and the staggered character of the recent marketing campaign, Currie admits it has been challenging to replicate past season’s performances.
“Remaining a club that trains two nights a week it is extremely challenging for us to keep gamers at their peak and remain sharp. It will almost certainly take us a couple of games to get back again into the swing of issues, which is the huge trouble,” he said.
“It is heading to be very challenging for us with a compact squad. We are likely to be 3 or 4 video games behind a great deal of groups and actively playing capture up is by no means perfect.
“We won’t be able to come to feel sorry for ourselves, Portadown are very considerably in the very same placement. We have to get the head down now as we are going to have matches on Saturdays and Tuesday for the foreseeable.”
Irrespective of their precarious place, relegation is not a certainty for the basement side as the 2nd-tier Championship is nonetheless to get underway. Currie claims he has not thought about the probability of relegation and provides his total concentration is on helping Carrick climb back again up the table.
“We have a globe of soccer ahead of us and that is what we are concentrated,” he explained. “If we can pick up factors in the video games we need to be really aggressive in then we know we are capable of getting back into the combine.
“A pair of wins in this league alterations everything. We will focus on ourselves then hopefully we can increase our overall performance levels and select up some details.
“We have to get momentum likely once again. It is about receiving people video games beneath our belt, get a earn here or there and build our self esteem back again up yet again.”
‘We are striving to entertain’
Considering that the new variant of the Covid-19 virus has spread during the British isles, problems have developed about the viability of the common 38-video game period.
A reduced 22-match campaign has been called for by some quarters whilst the selection to null and void the year just before starting once more in the summer has also been outlined.
Screening was launched for players and officials previous 7 days in a bid to restrict the unfold of coronavirus in the Irish League.
On the other hand, Currie feels that football has a position to perform in standard society and thinks the league need to continue on as long as it is safe and sound to do so.
“We want to do a comprehensive time,” he added. “If the figures are minimizing with this lockdown and there is not a important range of Irish League golf equipment obtaining Covid then with any luck , we can get the 38 video games performed.
“I assume anyone desires that. Football is a getaway for a ton of men and women. There are a good deal of Irish League followers who stream the video games, so if we can give them that system, I feel it is great for everyone.
“We are trying to entertain. I really like the actuality that the Leading League is even now heading and we have that familiarity of looking at football at the weekends.
“If anything is safe and the numbers allow it, if we get the opportunity to entertain folks on a Saturday then I am all for it.”