Confident Gary Haveron has high hopes for Carrick Rangers as Glenavon visit
Gary Haveron will lead Carrick Rangers into battle with Glenavon tomorrow afternoon with the belief that his team should be sitting above the Lurgan Blues in the Danske Bank Premiership table.
Haveron has poured praise on his players for how they have adapted to life in the Premiership following their promotion to the top flight and believes that they could be mixing it with the title contenders.
Their two wins so far may have come against teams who are below them in the table, but getting points at Dungannon Swifts and Ballinamallard United isn't easy for anyone and a first home victory of the season is now the target.
"It's been a mixed start for us. It's been solid rather than spectacular, but we have been competitive in every game," said Haveron.
"Some of our performances have been very good and I think we should have more points on the board.
"Against Glentoran it took an absolute wonder strike to take the win away from us, we were denied what I thought was an absolute stonewall penalty in the 89th minute against Cliftonville and against Warrenpoint we conceded two sloppy goals and should have got at least a point from the game.
"If we'd taken our chances in games we could possibly have had 13 or 14 points by now rather than eight and I can't help but think that we left a few points out on the pitch."
Carrick scored three times at Ferney Park last Saturday, which is something of a rarity for visiting teams, as they beat Ballinamallard 3-1.
Haveron believes that result is a positive sign of the squad strength he now has at his disposal.
"I have a good bunch of players who want t o play at the highest level and when you've got that you've a chance of doing well," he said.
"Last week we were missing Aaron Trainor, Aaron Smyth, Ben Roy and Conor McCloskey - four players who we relied on a lot last season.
"To go out and get that result without them shows the strength in depth we now have and that's down to having a reserve team again after getting promotion."