Change of tack key to result
Thursday, 30 March 2017
A CHANGE in mindset led to Coleraine's first league win over Crusaders in just over three years. Talking to the media after the game, Bannsiders' boss Oran Kearney said that a rethink over how his players approached games with the back-to-back league champions had paid off.
“I thought our energy across the pitch was fantastic but to beat the champions on any given day you've got to be right up there because you know what they bring," he said.
“It was a tough day but a great performance and a great result.
“In years past we might have approached Crusaders playing one up front and five in midfield, trying to sit in and maybe hit them on the break.
“I think we've learned - and in this season in particular - to go and fight fire with fire is possibly the better way. I thought today we had a real go and for big parts of the game we more than held our own."
One goal was enough to win the game - an Eoin Bradley penalty after former Coleraine captain Howard Beverland was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box - as Coleraine defended stoutly to deny their much vaunted opponents.
Central to that success was the display of young goalkeeper Chris Johns who was entirely dominant in his own area.
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