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Confident Kris Lindsay is backing Eoin Bradley to lift Glenavon to all new heights

By David Mason

Published 07/07/2016

Ace in the pack: Eoin Bradley can fire
Glenavon past KR Reykjavik
Ace in the pack: Eoin Bradley can fire Glenavon past KR Reykjavik

Skipper Kris Lindsay believes Glenavon have a match-winner in Eoin Bradley. The Lurgan Blues face KR Reykjavik in the Europa League tonight, with a lucrative second qualifying round slot up for grabs. Even though they trail 2-1 from last week's first leg in Iceland, Gary Hamilton's Irish Cup winners are confident.

Defender Simon Kelly's early strike at the KR-vollur Stadium last week gives Glenavon a great chance in front of their home fans. Lindsay insists that Bradley, known as Skinner by his team-mates, could be the man to undo the Icelanders at Mourneview Park.

"Although he didn't score over there, Skinner had a great game," said Lindsay. "He has a great physical presence and he just has the knack of terrorising defences.

"We were without Kevin Braniff so he had to do a lot of work on his own up front, but we held the ball up well and linked up play brilliantly. He is not the most skilful player, but he is effective at what he does.

"His work ethic keeps defenders on their toes. I've no doubt that if he gets a chance against Reykjavik, he puts it away.

"We have the chance to take the club to a different level and I am confident this bunch of boys can help us achieve our aim."

Lindsay realises his team simply can't afford to throw caution to the wind. He said: "Gary will probably set us up something similar to the system we used over there. It's all ifs or buts. We only need one goal. It doesn't matter whether it comes in the first or the last minute."

And Lindsay is urging the crowd to roar their team on. He added: "The crowd can play a part, we want to generate a good atmosphere. Our crowd were fantastic on Irish Cup final day - it means so much.

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