Cliftonville assistant boss Gerard Lyttle issues 'standards' reminder as he apologises to fans

Photo showing Larne Andrew Ryan after scoring his second goal against Cliftonville
Larne Andrew Ryan celebrates scoring his second goal against Cliftonville -Credit:INPHO/Brian Little

Gerard Lyttle admitted he was as dumbfounded as the rest of us as he witnessed Cliftonville's capitulation against Larne.

The Reds - who had Ronan Hale sent off before the break - have been one of the most impressive sides this season, but they were simply blown away at Inver Park shipping four goals in each half to suffer a chastening 8-1 defeat.

With three league games left - including a North Belfast derby against Crusaders on Tuesday night - and the Irish Cup final on the horizon, Lyttle, who was standing in for the suspended Jim Magilton, apologised to the fans for the display.

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“No-one expected that," he said. “We’ve set standards this season and this was well below it. All we can do is apologise to our fans and make sure we respond and put it right.

"We made stupid defensive mistakes and didn't learn from them. Obviously we all take responsibility as a team and coaching staff.

"It all came down to the fundamentals today - the hard work, the graft - there was a sense that we started to feel sorry for ourselves. We didn't stick together when Ronan was sent off, which is something we've been very good at this season.

"Hopefully it's just one of those bad days and who knows it could be a blessing leading up to what's ahead for us."

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