It’s time to stand up and be counted

COLERAINE captain Howard Beverland has said it is time for the players to stand up and be counted as they bid to shake off their unpredictable form this season.

The Bannsiders have been consistently unconsistent so far this term and this was perfectly summed up by the 3-1 defeat at the hand of Glentoran on Saturday.

Howard Beverland is calling on the players to stand up and be counted. PICTURE: Lorcan Doherty

Howard Beverland is calling on the players to stand up and be counted. PICTURE: Lorcan Doherty

Going in 1-0 up at the break things looked good for Oran Kearney’s men, but they shot themselves in the foot just two minutes after the restart conceding two quickfire goals.

Speaking exclusively to Times Sport after the game Beverland admitted the mood was as low as it had been in recent years. But he said there was no time to lick their wounds adding it was time to come out fighting.

“The margins have been very small so far this season, but the table shows the full story,” said Beverland.

“As players it is time we stood up and do our part of the deal as well because we know we haven’t done it.

“It’s time we did our talking on the pitch and started putting things right.

“We have unity in the camp and it’s important that we stay together.

“At times like this it’s very easy for the group to break in to wee segments and start pointing fingers at who people think is at fault.

“But we need to take collective responsibility for our own performances and what we haven’t done both as individuals but as a team as well.

“So as I say it’s very important that we stay strong together and we are focused on doing that. We are determined to turn things around.”

*Full interview on colerainetimes.co.uk