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Glenavon boss Quinn desperate for fast start to protect his dozing defence

Rumours that Marty Quinn was spotted in Lurgan this week with an armful of alarm clocks for his players are as yet unconfirmed.



Certainly the Glenavon boss will have been issuing a few wake-up calls to his dozing defence as he looks to record a first win of the season when Carrick Rangers come calling today.

Despite displaying some exciting attacking play, defensive frailties have cost the Mourneview men and, as we stand, the win column in the league table remains blank.

A fighting display against Linfield on the opening day followed by a memorable fightback from three goals down to grab a share of the spoils at Ballymena is praiseworthy, but it’s points, not plaudits, Quinn is after.

Going two goals down in the opening five minutes certainly didn’t help their cause and the message this week has been simple — keep on your toes.

“The facts of the matter are it’s only one point from a possible six,” Quinn admitted.

“The champions beat us and we got a point away from home at Ballymena which is a reasonably good result but it’s up to us to improve.

“Psychologically we have to have more belief and to do the right things at the right time. You have to lump your clearances, make sure you defend and make sure you start the game as soon as the whistle goes.

“Sometimes we’re a wee bit slow in starting and we got punished for that (last week). We’re not a bad side, we’ll do okay if we cut out the silly mistakes.”

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