GLENTORAN manager Alan McDonald certainly got the response he wanted from his strikers at Institute on Saturday.
The former Northern Ireland skipper criticised his front men after the scoreless draw with Dungannon Swifts, but duo Andy Waterworth and, in particular, Gary Hamilton showed their class as the champions strode to a comfortable success.
And Hamilton believes if he and his fellow strikers get the service then they’ll start taking the chances.
“The manager came out and criticised the strikers, that’s the way it is sometimes in football and you just have to take it,” said Hamilton.
“Don’t get me wrong, we haven’t scored enough goals this year, but we haven’t been creating enough chances and if we create chances like we did on Saturday, there is no doubt myself and the other strikers will score goals every week.
“So we need to do that week in week out and concentrate doing that.”
The Glens, who dominated from start to finish at Drumahoe, could have won by a bigger margin, something which Hamilton
agreed with. “If we had have taken all our chances we could have won maybe by six or seven no bother, but we didn’t.
“However, as I have said, the more chances created for strikers, the more goals they’ll score and we’ll become more confident and that’s what it’s all about.”
Their victory, combined with Cliftonville’s shock success at Linfield, means the east Belfast men leap-frogged their arch rivals into top spot in the Carling Premiership.
“To be honest we fancied Cliftonville to get something out of the match against the Blues, maybe didn’t fancy them to beat them, but we knew it would be a tough match for them.
“Cliftonville are a wee bogey team over Linfield and we always expect Cliftonville to give them a good run for their money and it happened on Saturday and it has put us back into a good position.
“But there is still a long way to go, it’s not even January yet, you need to be where we are now come March/April.”
The 27-year-old frontman conceded he was somewhat surprised at how much he and his team-mates were allowed to dominate on Saturday.
“We created changes, looked dangerous at all times and any chances that they got was from our mistakes, so everything was very, very positive for ourselves. But Institute will take points off teams at Drumahoe, there’s no doubt about that, added Hamilton.
“I think it was just an off-day for them, which is one of those things which happen in football, but there’s no doubt that they’ll bounce back.
“I have a lot of time for John Gregg and what he’s doing with a small budget and I do think he’s a quality manager.
“I have no doubt that he will continue to do a good job at Institute, but whenever you don’t have the finances it’s not always easy to bring players in.
But he has 11 boys out there fighting their hearts out for him and that’s all you can ask for as a manager.
“Unfortunately on Saturday nothing went their way and we were on top form. And if we play against any team the way we did against Institute, then no one will compete with us.”