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Crusaders will give us our toughest test: Morris

By Graham Luney

Elliott Morris believes Crusaders will provide Glentoran with their toughest test of the season so far at the Oval.

Stephen Baxter's side smashed in five goals in a 5-4 victory at the east Belfast venue in March and the Glens stopper knows the Hatchetmen possess a real cutting edge.

The 32-year-old is a big fan of the Seaview goal-getters Jordan Owens, Gary McCutcheon and Timmy Adamson.

The Crues have only secured five points from five matches following an indifferent start but a win this afternoon would leave them a point behind Eddie Patterson's side.

Although Baxter can unleash his hotshots on rivals, the Glens do boast the best defensive record in the league with only two goals conceded.

"I think this match against Crusaders is our toughest test," said Morris. "No disrespect to the other teams we have played but I just look at the Crusaders team and I see goal-scoring right through it.

"The strikers are tough to play against but then you have midfielders like Chris Morrow and Declan Caddell who know where the net is. Hopefully they won't score five goals against us again but they showed what they are capable of.

"Fortunately we have been defensively sound this season and if we can keep that up then we won't lose many matches.

"I think the management deserve a lot of credit because we still have a good squad of players who are competitive.

"There is less pressure on us at the moment because people are writing us off and not expecting great things from us. It looks like being a fiercely competitive league with teams taking points off each other but we just want to give the best account of ourselves we can.

"We won't be getting carried away with our league position though."

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