Belfast Telegraph

Cliftonville star O’Connor hailed by Holland

By Graham Luney

Barry Holland has poured praise on in-form Kieran O’Connor as the Red juggernaut has maintained its path of destruction.

Cliftonville have shot to the top of the Carling Premiership and while feet will remain firmly planted on the ground in north Belfast, excitement at the prospect of a first title success since 1998 is mounting.

O’Connor has been one of the Reds’ shining stars and right-back Holland has singled the midfielder out for special praise.

The 28-year-old netted in the back to back wins over Institute which secured nine consecutive victories for Eddie Patterson’s men.

Tomorrow afternoon the league leaders will aim to make it 10 triumphs with a win at Newry City.

“Kieran is playing very well,” said Holland. “He is someone who is at the top of his game. He has scored eight goals from midfield and his goals recently have been very important.

“Long may his good form continue. I have also been impressed with Peter Hutton, a quality defender with so much experience and knowledge.

“The league hasn’t even split yet so there is no point in thinking about league titles. It’s nice to be at the top but in this league you can only take one game at a time.

“We will have games on a Saturday and Tuesday and if standards slip then you will get punished.

“But everyone is playing well and enjoying their football which is very important.

“The team spirit is excellent and hopefully we can stay on this winning run.

“ The manager, Eddie Patterson, must take a lot of credit as well as we have been playing well as a team with our bad spell at the start of the season now firmly behind us.”

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