INSTITUTE must play without the services of one of their most senior players when they travel to Dergview tomorrow afternoon. (Kick-off: 3.00 p.m.)
And while games between these teams have often proved to be feisty affairs, ‘Stute boss,Paul Kee, is expected a tough game after Dergview were hammered 4-0 at Dundela last week.
Predictably, Kee anticipates a response from the Co. Tyrone side but he was happy that his troops had what it takes to “dig in” and get the necessary result.
“I’ve no doubt they will be smarting from last week’s defeat and they will wish to bounce back immediately,” noted Kee.
“And the Dundela defeat will probably have galvanised them as a unit, so we have t make sure that we are up for the fight and then play our game.
“In our opening two matches against Carrick and Tobermore I felt we displayed great resilience in both matches and that helped us take four points from a possible six which is great credit to the players.
“In the Carrick match we had raise our performance show show charactr. We did just that. We also had to have a couple of big performances and we achieved that with keeper, Alan Ryan in particular, making a significant number of saves which kept us in the game.
“Then last Friday night when Ryan Semple got sent-off, we had to double up and work that little bit harder for each other and I felt we did that as well whichn great,” he added.
Kee felt a good game of football could also be on the cards at Dergivew.
“I know Tommy Canning quite well and he will be trying to play a fluent game of football. They will hope to put their stamp on the game and because of that I feel it will be a decent enough game.
“The match will be viewed as a derby fixture because a lot of the people behind the scenes know each other and the players certainly know each other, so it will be competitive.
“But every game is going to be the same in the Championship and we have to make sure that we work just as hard as any side we are playing. Provided we can do that, I’d be confident our game will come through in the end.
“I think we are getting there as a new team. I believe we have resilience, we’re resolute and we have developed a better approach both mentally and physically, but we have to maintain those values and then continue to add and work at our technical and tactical abilities and look to develop a level of consistency.”
Commenting on Semple’s suspension against Dergview, Kee felt he had players capable of coming into the squad to deputise for the right-sided player.
“Footballers now all want to play regularly but they are going to have to realise that the team is the most important thing and you can’t go through a season with 14 or 15 players, so football is all about a squad game these days,” he concluded.