Match Reaction

Mentality shift helped

STEPHEN O’Donnell credited his team-mates for earning “a hard earned” point against Linfield yesterday afternoon…

The Bannsiders travelled to Windsor Park without several first-team stars due to illness and injury but dug deep to earn a share of the spoils in the capital.

O’Donnell remarked that attacking players put in their defensive work throughout the 90 minutes, as well as praising Martin Gallagher for his contribution as he thwarted Eetu Vertainen on two occasions.

The stalemate was a seventh consecutive clean sheet in the Danske Bank Premiership and O’Donnell revealed that the Stripes “shifted their mentality” by not conceding easy goals.

Coleraine are in Irish Cup action this weekend and skipper O’Donnell knows the Bannsiders can’t take their Championship counterparts lightly.