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Glentoran fans can lift the players after Linfield defeat, says Gary Haveron

By Graham Luney

Gary Haveron doesn't believe Glentoran's first defeat of the season will dent confidence at The Oval. The Glens lost 1-0 at Linfield last weekend but produced a spirited showing and encountered goalkeeper Roy Carroll at his brilliant best.

A tricky test at the home of Ballymena United awaits tomorrow, but the east Belfast side have signalled their attacking intent this season.

Boss Haveron says his boys fear no one and, while the Sky Blues will be shown respect, the Glens are ready to land a few blows during a tough run of fixtures which includes league games against Coleraine and Crusaders.

"Ballymena are hitting a bit of form at the wrong time, I wanted to bring it forward and play them a few weeks ago but they wouldn't bring it forward," joked Haveron.

"They are a good side with vastly experienced players. The new boys have made an impact and the Showgrounds is a tough place to get a result. Davy (Jeffrey) has steadied the ship. They will work incredibly hard like any David Jeffrey side does but we will take a lot of positives out of our performance against Linfield.

"We want to give the fans more to shout about and they can give the players a lift. We are in the middle of a difficult run of fixtures but we don't fear anyone. Ballymena or Coleraine won't fancy playing us.

"We will have a go at everyone. We have 100 per cent respect for every team in this league but we also respect ourselves and understand the need to restore pride in the Glentoran jersey."

The Glens left Windsor Park last Saturday disappointed but not downhearted, and their performance has hinted that they can become a top six force again.

"Linfield are the benchmark as champions and we aren't a million miles away," added Haveron. "Had we taken our chances against the Blues we would have won.

"We have boys who played in England, they have come back disappointed but their performances show they have a desire to go again."

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