Glentoran boss Scott Young is hoping that Matty Burrows’ stroke of genius on Tuesday night will reignite a season that threatened to be going off track.
The Glens, after a superb start to the campaign, had gone three games without a win before Burrows’ amazing injury time goal against Portadown on Tuesday night finally brought to an end that worrying run.
It wasn’t a bad way to break their duck, the young striker’s sublime back-heel volley has turned him into a global phenomenon with the goal having now received well over two million hits online and been broadcast on television programmes all over the world.
Young believes they needed something to go their way, as he feels the Glens have been denied a bit of fortune in recent weeks — being denied a clear penalty when Andy Waterworth was brought down in the box, and then booked for diving, in the defeat to Crusaders last week a prime example.
Now he wants his side to build on the victory over Portadown, the circumstances of which, he insists, should give them a lift going into today’s Carling Premiership clash with Glenavon at the Oval.
“On Saturday we did not play well (against Crusaders), the first half was as bad as anything since I took over,” he admitted.
“The second half was a bit better and then I go home on the Saturday night and I see that it was a penalty, for the tackle on Andy. I will never ever criticise referees but you do kind of think to yourself that that is the wee bit of the rub of the green that you do need.
“Then against Portadown — whether you call it the rub of the green, because to be honest with you it was a piece of brilliance, but it was maybe the wee bit of luck or turning point that we definitely needed.”
He added: “I have always said that we have a young squad. We have injuries and some are long term but I can’t fault their effort.
“I think we have been guilty of being a bit naive at times and there are other times where we haven’t been good enough.
“I told them when they haven’t been good enough but when I think about it, how can I be critical of the team. OK we lost two games and drew one there but we are still top of the league.”
Young is under no illusions as to the task which faces his team today, despite the Lurgan Blues being in the middle of a poor run themselves.
“Every team in the league is capable of beating each other. They gave us one hell of a game at Mourneview so we know how difficult it is going to be,” he said.
“If we don’t perform we won’t win the game, that’s the bottom line. I just want a situation where i have players working hard for each other, where if they are having a bad game, to make sure that the player in front of them in the other team isn’t having a good game either.”