Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Quinn aiming high as Big Two rest

Marty Quinn

Marty Quinn is relishing the opportunity to see his team receive a “major boost” as they attempt to take advantage of Glentoran and Linfield being out of action.

International call ups have led to the Big Two having the day off and that means a home victory over Coleraine will take Glenavon to second in the Carling Premiership table — albeit with a game more played.

Since suffering their only defeat of the campaign so far away to Linfield a fortnight ago, Glenavon have been scoring goals in threes, with a 3-2 victory over Cliftonville and then beating Ballymena United 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Now, for the first time in years, there is a genuine reason to be cheerful if you’re a Glenavon fan and Quinn wants to keep the feelgood factor going for at least a while longer.

“We know that the opportunity is there for us to go second in the league with a win over Coleraine and the focus will be on taking the three points,” he said.

“It would be a major boost to the whole club — the players, the staff, the fans and the directors — to move into second place in the table.

“It would be a real confidence booster for the players as well looking to keep progressing and get some consistency.

“I would much rather we were talking about going second with seven games to go than with seven games played, but even at this stage of the season it’s something positive for us to aim for.

“It won’t change the targets we have set. We want to be competing in and around the top half of the table.”

While Trevor Molloy, Tony Grant and Stuart King delivered for the Lurgan Blues at Ballymena, it was another who won praise from the manager.

“Tuda Murphy was excellent on Tuesday night and maybe didn’t get the praise he deserved,” said Quinn.

“He has come in and steadied the ship when Andrew Plummer was maybe a little bit shaky.

“It is good that we have someone like Tuda to come in with the presence that he has and perform well and keep clean sheets like he did at Ballymena.”

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