STEPHEN Parkhouse is expected to spearhead the Institute attack as the Riverside Stadium side prepares to entertain lowly Larne tonight. (Kick-off: 8.00 p.m.)
The Waterside outfit have opted to switch this weekend’s game in an effort to increase home attendances and assistant manager, Paul Carlyle, is fully aware that his side must produce decent performances and entertain if they are to attract greater numbers through the ‘Stute turnstiles.
“Hopefully we can attract a decent crowd to the game which will be played on Friday night, but those who does come out to watch us will realise very quickly that we are all about attempting to play quality, fluent football, allowing young players to expresss themselves,” he said.
“We appreciate the fact that spectators and supporters want to entertained and while we have so many local players involved in the squad, quite a few of them are talented individuals and have the potential to progress to a higher level,” maintained the assistant boss.
“We have an excellent group in the dressing room and other superb individuals working very hard behind the scenes on behalf of the club. We all realise that we live in tough economic times and that the club is getting it tight financially so, hopefully, we get a good crowd at Friday night’s game.”
Having recorded victory in their last two outings against Limavady United and Moyola Park, Carlyle was confident that the winning run would continue.
“It’s very important to get a winning run going in the league as we attempt to get as many points as we can as we are involved in a very competitive Championship division.
“But winning matches breeds confidence and that’s exactly what we want.”
Having scored on his return to action in the North-West Cup semi-final last weekend against Moyla, Parkhouse will add strength to the ‘Stute front line with other players benefiting from his presence, according to Carlyle.
“Stephen will have had another week’s training under his belt and his movement, hold up play and overall strength was very good against Moyola but I’m confident that players such as Ricky Lee Dougherty will benefit from Parkie’s involvement.”
Centre-half, Paddy McLaughlin, continues to struggle with an ankle problem but having had another week of rest, it’s expected the Creggan man will be available for selection.
Larne have yet to win a game in the Championship this season but Carlyle refuses to take anything for granted.
“Larne will be given the same respect that we would give to any other team in the Championship.
“Absolutely nothing can be taken for granted in these gamews and I’ve no doubt it will be a difficult match, so we must remain focused if we are to extend our unbeaten run,” he concluded.