Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton ready for battle with Linfield

Gary Hamilton has put derby day defeat out of his mind immediately to focus on putting the brakes on Linfield’s belated move up the Premiership table.



And the Glenavon boss wants his team to produce exactly the same performance that they did on Boxing Day — even though they went down 2-0 to Portadown.

Hamilton points to the fact that two late chances could have seen his 10-man team leave with a share of the spoils.

And after running Linfield close on two occasions already this season — losing to a late Daryl Fordyce goal at Mourneview Park after leading 2-0 and the same player hitting a last-gasp equaliser at Windsor Park last month — Hamilton is confident that his team will provide the Blues with a tough test as they go about building on what is now a seven-game unbeaten run in the league.

“They don’t get any easier, Linfield have hit a bit of form recently and we always knew they would come good,” said Hamilton.

“We haven’t let ourselves down against them in any of the two games we have played against them this season.

“Hopefully we can put in a performance like we did in those games and carry on from Boxing Day because I was pleased with the first 20 minutes and I thought there was only one team in the game at that stage.

“Even in the second half when we were down to 10 men we were getting opportunities.

“There is no reason why we can’t get something out of the game against Linfield.”

Conor Hagan’s dismissal shortly before half-time put a dent in Glenavon’s hopes of a first league win at Shamrock Park in a decade.

The performance, however, has given Hamilton hope that his team is heading in the right direction.

“We asked them to go out and not get embarrassed in the second-half and they did more than that,” said Hamilton.

“We had chances and we could have got something out of the game, even with 10 men, if we’d taken our chances.”

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