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Patterson is proud of Glentoran warriors

By John Campbell

Eddie Patterson says he's confident his Glentoran side can climb up the Danske Bank Premiership table – provided they keep showing the fighting spirit that almost knocked Linfield out of the League Cup this week.

The Glens, who lie in eighth position in the league, went into the Big Two clash as underdogs following Linfield's seven-match winning run.

When Mark Clarke was dismissed on 57 minutes after picking up a second booking the Blues were expected to finish the job in normal time, but the home side sweated for the cause and took the match to spot-kicks.

Glentoran's luck then deserted them in the lottery that is penalty kicks but Patterson, whose side travel to Warrenpoint Town on Saturday, was encouraged by his players' fighting spirit.

"I've nothing but the utmost pride in all the boys from the goalkeeper to the outfield players and substitutes," said the Glens boss.

"I'll praise them to the high heavens for their work-rate but at the end of the day we are out of the competition.

"We have to take on board what we have done and it won't mean a lot if we don't carry that commitment into Saturday's game.

"For me it proves a point, that those guys want to play for the Glentoran shirt and I've nothing but the utmost praise for them.

"We are out the competition but I think the fans appreciated the work-rate we showed and the players' willingness to fight for each other. That's a massive thing for us but we need to see a repeat of that. I was just delighted the way the players have come together after a difficult period.

"Every single one of those players was committed to the cause but I'll keep stressing the importance of showing this level of commitment all the time. If we do that, we will go in the right direction."

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