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Eddie Patterson urges Glentoran to maintain their desire

Glentoran 2-1 Warrenpoint Town

By Kris Jack

Eddie Patterson was pleased to see Glentoran notch their first league win of the season against Warrenpoint Town on Saturday - but warned his players that their inconsistency needs to stop.

Curtis Allen's double earned full points at The Oval, but Patterson wants to see a wholesale change in his squad's attitude if they are to push on in the Danske Bank Premiership.

"I've told the players we can't turn this off and on as we want to," he said. "What I can give them credit for is their work rate, but we have to look at each other and ask why can we have the will and desire in one game and not have it in the other?

"Obviously it comes from a mental attitude point of view and you can't coach that, it has to come from within. They need to have this for every single game."

The hosts made hard work of their win, with Fra McCaffrey having a fourth-minute penalty saved by visiting goalkeeper Johnny Parr.

After Allen's tap-in opener in the 23rd minute, Point responded when Stephen Hughes netted a deserved leveller from 20 yards on the stroke of half-time.

However, as much as they huffed and puffed in the second-half, Barry Gray's side eventually fell to Allen's second of the game in the 71st minute.

Johnny Addis' long throw was flicked on at the front post, with the Glens number nine ready and waiting to volley powerfully past Parr from eight yards.

The goal and the defeat was harsh on the away side, a sentiment that Patterson echoed.

"We're just delighted we got three points but Warrenpoint will be disappointed they didn't get something from the game," Patterson admitted.

"I thought with their hunger, their desire and the way they played, they deserved something out of it."

Opposite number Gray said: "I'm disappointed, but our performance, compared to how we were a week ago, was hugely, hugely different."

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