Boss Brian Donaghey expects Institute to raise their game against Dundela
Institute manager Brian Donaghey concedes that his side are on target to reach their points total, which they set a few weeks ago.
The Drumahoe club face in-form Dundela, at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium on Saturday afternoon (KO 3pm) but Donaghey is aiming for another three points.
Having defeated lowly Knockbreda last weekend, the ’Stute boss is aiming for another positive result against the Belfast men, who only a few weeks ago lost manager Niall Currie to Portadown, currently sit seven points behind leaders Loughgall.
“We targeted seven points from the three home matches,” he stated. "We got the first one out of the way but Dundela is going to be a massive proposition.
"We know what they bring, they’re going to be a top three team and they will have a new manager probably in place by then or they’ll have something waiting to come in, to that will probably give them the famous manager bounce.
"We performed well down there and I think we’re definitely a different proposition at home.
“We will have a good week in training and prepare for Dundela but we need to be 30-40% better than we were against Knockbreda if we are going to get anything out of the game.”
Donaghey is hoping that his team again raise their game against a side above them in the Lough 41 Championship table.
“That is normally the case with us and that’s no disrespect to any team, but if you look at Ballyclare, they beat Dundela 5-2 and they beat Welders 5-0 the week before, but I thought when they came here three or four Fridays ago we disposed of them quite easily,” he explained.
"It was quite a routine victory against a very good team, and we did the same with Ards who have since gone on and won their last two matches.“I think we will lift it, we definitely won’t be complacent and hopefully we’ll be better on the ball.
"Sometimes it’s about the opposition as well and Dundela will probably be coming in a confident mood thinking they can win the game, whereas we know from speaking to their players that Knockbreda’s game plan was just to stay in the game as long as they could.”