Belfast Telegraph

Feet up does Crusaders good

Crusaders 2-0 Glentoran

Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter told his players to put their feet up last week and it worked wonders.

After losing to Coleraine, Baxter felt they looked a little leggy so gave his men the night off on Tuesday — and Saturday’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Glentoran proved the recuperation may have been a master stroke.

Second half goals from Chris Morrow and David Rainey were the difference and, although the Glens had a couple of chances and should have had a penalty when Andy Waterworth was felled by keeper Sean O’Neill, had the home side wracked up a few more goals it wouldn’t have flattered them.

“We ran out of gas last week and I gave the boys Tuesday night off and that was evident in how fit they were (on Saturday)”, he said. “They were well rested and they got back in among it.

“We will try and carry this momentum forward, yes I would like to finish as high up the table as we can, it’s a competitive league with a lot of good teams and we have got to keep an eye on the Setanta Cup on Tuesday and then the Irish Cup in two weeks so we've got a lot of things bubbling but we must keep the team fresh and fit and alive and, if they keep that standard of play up, then their destiny is in their own hands.”

Glens boss Eddie Patterson said: “What I am looking at is how players respond and what I am looking at now I am happy because the majority of them are buying in to what we are doing.”

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