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Glenavon boss Quinn desperate for win

By Conor McLaughlin

Glenavon boss Marty Quinn needs no reminders as to the importance of tomorrow’s clash with Donegal Celtic.

Rooted to the bottom of the table with just one point to show from their first five fixtures, the Lurgan Blues have failed to live up to pre-season expectations and Quinn has openly admitted that he and his new-look squad are under pressure to start delivering.

The Hoops, who snapped up Cliftonville midfielder Jody Lynch on loan prior to the closure of the transfer window, have enjoyed a dream start to their own campaign with victories over Portadown and Glentoran preceeding last week’s Sky Sports success against Crusaders at Seaview — and Quinn knows how big a menace they will pose at Mourneview.

“It’s a massive game for us and one that we need to stand up and be counted for,” he said.

“Even at this early stage in the campaign, we can’t allow ourselves to become cut off down at the bottom of the table because you can find yourself stuck in a rut that becomes difficult to get out of.

“One win can make all the difference for confidence levels but we need to find that win sooner rather than later or things will only get tougher.”

After a gallant defeat to Linfield on the opening day of the season, Glenavon earned an unlikely point, having trailed Ballymena United 3-0, but have since struggled in defeats against Carrick Rangers, Portadown and Cliftonville with Quinn admitting that no single problem has contributed to their woes.

He added: “It hasn’t been a case of something not going for us here or a decision going against us there, there have been a lot of mistakes.

“We’ve contributed to our own problems but I fully believe we can put things right.”

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