Sky Blues not getting carried away despite exceptional start, says Ervin
DANSKE BANK PREMIERSHIP BALLYMENA United defender Jim Ervin insists the team will remain fully grounded despite their lofty position in the Dansk Bank Premiership table.
David Jeffrey’s team are tucked in nicely behind Glenavon and Linfield and will look to harden their challenge at the top when they make the trip to face Glentoran at the Oval today.
Even though they were deprived of hosting games for the first two months of the season, due to the refurbishment of their Warden Street Showgrounds pitch, the Sky Blues rose to the challenge — they’ve lost only three of their 13 starts so far.
But no one is becoming carried away — Jeffrey, who reshaped his squad over the summer, bringing in nine new players — will make sure of that.
“So far, it has been good,” said Ervin. “The new boys have bought into everything Davy and the backroom staff have been wanting to do and it’s paying dividends.
“But no one is getting above their station. We know, once you let you guard down, that’s when you get smacked in the face.
“The one thing that we are focused on is not to become carried away. We simply look at the next fixture and take it from there.”
United go into today’s game in the best possible shape following a last-gasp 2-1 win over Glenavon in a game played in horrible conditions.
“I would say it was probably up there with one of the worst nights we’ve had up there in terms of the weather,” adds Ervin. “I think both teams deserve a lot of credit. Both played better against the wind and rain. It was a massive three points.
“We went down to Mourneview Park in the second game of the campaign and we were chinned 4-0, although I don’t think that score reflected on the performance considering we had to play 45 minutes with only 10 men.
“But when you have a result like that, you want to put it right the next time around. We managed to do that, which pleased us.
“Games against Glenavon have been tricky over the last few years — they haven’t been in our favour and we’ve been on the receiving end of a few hammerings. So, it was good to get the three points . . . I thought we were exceptional in the first half.”
Ervin admits the Sky Blues must be at their best if they are to leave east Belfast with any degree of satisfaction today.
“I always enjoy going to the Oval, it’s a great place to play football,” said the former Linfield man.
“The Glens are going well at the minute – they have become a difficult team to beat. It makes it a tough game.
“But there is nothing easy in this league. You wouldn’t have expected Linfield to drop five points to teams in the bottom two or three in the table.” Staying grounded: Jim Ervin (left) is remaining focused