Sunday, July 17, 2011
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Disappointed Davies believes Saints can win in Belfast

SAINTS' boss Mike Davies was disappointed to be held to a home draw by Cliftonville, but believes his side can make Europa League progress by winning in Belfast.

Alex Darlington's opener on 27 minutes was cancelled out by Barry Johnston's wonder strike six minutes before half-time and Davies said: "We are disappointed, we let ourselves down tonight performance-wise, we had a great start and then conceded a sloppy goal.
"We've given the ball away and to be fair to the lad it was a great finish, but after that we stopped playing. We still created chances, but we were nowhere near the level at which we know we can perform.
"You can look at the stats but there's only one stat that counts and that is goals scored. We've had great chances but played poorly.
"I don't think we took our foot off the gas, we just got a bit sloppy, we gave the ball away cheaply and we've got punished for it.
"After they scored our heads went down and I'll be looking for a bit more character the next time we play. It's important the players know that wasn't acceptable by our standards and we need to be better collectively and individually."
Cliftonville will start a European game at Solitude with a realistic chance of winning for the first time in 10 years, and Davies admitted: "They've got the upper hand but we've just got to go there in a positive mood and I fancy ourselves to score.
"We'll get chances and it's all to play for," he added.
Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin was happy with the draw, but cautioned: "The game's only half way through and we'll be in a position next week where we have to go and win the match.
"The pitch is very big and our job tonight was to close off space and I thought we did that and played some good football as well."
Photo: Chris Williams congratulates goal scorer Alex Darlington [Action Plus Images].

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