Glenavon boss Stephen McBride hailed the progress his side has made under his stewardship after a hard fought 1-0 victory over Cliftonville.
After being put under immense pressure by the Reds, the Lurgan Blues managed to hold on to their slender advantage, given to them by Willo McDonagh’s header just before half time.
McBride said: “We showed character, bottle and attitude and sometimes you don’t get it all your own way and you have to grind it out and we did that.
“This time last year we would never have won that game and that’s the improvement.
“Hopefully the supporters walk away and can see that the players are digging in, showing determination and I couldn’t ask any more from the lads.”
For Cliftonville, it seems as if their title challenge is slipping away as they sit eighth in the JJB Sports Premiership. The Reds have already lost four times this season but boss Eddie Patterson felt this was three points that got away.
“"We did everything but score. We hit the bar, we hit the post but nothing went our way. It's an old cliche but if that was a boxing match it would have been stopped.”