INSTITUTE boss, Paul Kee believes home form could prove vital this season in the pursuit of the Irish Championship title.
The Drumahoe club were denied a winning start to their league campaign last Saturday as they conceded an injury time equaliser against Lisburn Distillery at New Grosvenor.
Therefore, Kee is anxious to rectify that 2-2 result with victory in their first home game of the season against Coagh United tomorrow afternoon. (Kick-off 3 -pm.)
“We have to bounce back from last week’s result and try to win as many games as we can,” said the ‘Stute boss.
“And home form is going to be key this year.
“The challenge is to give a better account of ourselves this week because against Distillery we didn’t perform at a level that the team has shown consistently over a period of months.
“While I have to give credit to Distillery because they worked hard but what disappointed me was we should have had the game dead and buried going into the last 15 minutes but we allowed them to get back into the game.”
Tomorrow the Waterside men host a Coagh side who suffered a 6-1 demolition at the hands of Carrick Rangers on the opening day.
However, Kee refuses to read too much into that result as he believes Carrick will be a force to be reckoned with this season.
“We are playing a Coagh team which is going to be smarting and they’ll be coming to show that they are not a bad team.
“They don’t want to have a long season and I’m sure they’ll be looking over their shoulders now at results coming from elsewhere.
“Everybody is tipping Carrick for the league title and rightfully so, because they have invested heavily in their team.
“In saying that Coagh will be coming to Drumahoe with belief because they won here last year (2-3), so it’s going to be a tough match and if we aren’t up for it then we are going to end up with egg on our faces again like last season.
’Stute are expected to have Stephen Parkhouse and Corey Hegarty available to start the game, however there are little changes expected from the team which started against Distillery.
“Parkie is short in terms of fitness to be honest, because he has missed a couple of weeks pre-season but he’s still a key player for us.
“We played Quigley’s Point last Tuesday night in a friendly, so he got some game time under his belt. But we’ll more or less have the same squad as last week,” he concluded.