Glenavon's Trevor Molloy, who headed home his fourth goal of the season at Institute on Saturday, says the belief that boss Marty Quinn has installed in everyone at the club, is the main reason why they are currently sitting just a point behind leaders Crusaders.
The ex-Motherwell striker also feels that last season the Mourneview Park outfit would have taken nothing from the corresponding games.
“This time last year we would have lost against Dungannon Swifts and at Institute on Saturday, but its different this year we are winning these matches and that’s because of Marty Quinn,” he said.
“He has installed that bit of steel into the team and the boys are working terribly hard for each other.
“In training the sessions are two hours long, they are enjoyable and they are gruelling as well, but we are fit and flying at the minute and hopefully we can maintain this momentum. I think we can.
“To be fair I have been around a few clubs and I have to admit that the people at Glenavon really do look after you.
“The stadium is there, now we have a team there and we have a great management team, so everything is there for success.”
The Dubliner, however, like any good professional, said that although everything is rosy in the garden at the minute, he and his team-mates haven’t set themselves any targets for this campaign.
“The only target we have set is trying to get another three points next week at Newry City.”
As for the match at the Riverside Stadium, Molloy admitted he was thrilled to have grabbed the winner.
“It was great to score because we have been working hard to keep a clean-sheet. To be honest I think that is our first of the season,” he said.
“Everyone worked really hard for each other and the boys were immense.
“The win keeps us up there and some people might be looking at the table and wondering why we are up there, but we are winning games.
“Some games we are playing well and winning, while in other matches although we haven’t played well we have still won.”
With John Gregg serving the final match of his three game touch-line ban and with his assistant Wesley Gregg away in Holland for his pro-licence coaching course, it was experienced midfielder James Quigley who was the man in the dug-out.
“I think in the first half we dominated the play, without really creating any clear-cut chances,” admitted the former Glentoran man.
“In the second half I knew that Glenavon would come out strong, because they were poor enough in the first half, but in saying that I don’t think they created a while lot either.
“They created one opportunity from a breakaway and from that they scored. Some of our players haven’t followed their man and I’m not happy about that.
“However, while the team performance was good, I don’t think we were positive enough in the right areas or created enough chances and because of that it’s a disappointing result for all of us.”