Glenavon 1 Linfield 2
Marty Quinn is threatening changes after watching a feeble defence of Glenavon’s impressive unbeaten home record which stretched back to last season — a total of 11 games.
The Lurgan boss has warned there could be as many as three changes in the starting line-up for tomorrow’s trip to play Cliftonville at Solitude.
Quinn must be tempted to name the eleven who finished the game at wind and rain lashed Mourneview Park although Tony Grant, who missed out on Saturday with a chest infection, may be available.
For it was only after making three quick fire substitutions that Glenavon woke from their slumber and really had a go.
Paul Munster and Jamie Tomelty had resurgent Linfield sitting pretty until a frustrated Quinn made the switches.
He withdrew Trevor Molloy, Paul Carvill and skipper Conor Walsh and tossed in Stuart King, Adrian Harper and Gary Liggett.
Almost immediately Glenavon pulled one back when King produced a little magic and whipped over a cross which Liggett gleefully powered home with a close range header.
Suddenly Glenavon looked a different team and it took a brilliant reflex fingertip save by Stuart Addis to deny the home side a point.
However the finish exciting as it was didn’t wash with a furious.
He rapped: “I just feel we showed them far too much respect. We didn’t play for 75 of the 90 minutes and that’s not good enough.
“To realise any ambition we might have harboured we’d better get our fingers out and start performing better than this.
“I had strong words with the players in the changing room about what I expect and hopefully they will take it on board.
“At this moment in time I feel two or three changes will be made in the actual starting line-up for Tuesday’s game against Cliftonville at Solitude.”
Naturally rival boss David Jeffrey had nothing but praise for his resurgent side who have now won five games in a row and are suddenly breathing down the necks of leaders Crusaders.
Jeffrey beamed: “I’m very pleased to get three points down here considering their impressive home record.
“Marty has had them well organised so we knew it was going to be tough.
“But Paul Munster’s predatory instinct got us in front and the second goal climaxed a fantastic piece of play and was worth the admission money alone.
“Billy-Joe Burns’ exquisite ball set up Jamie Tomelty.”
Even so Jeffrey conceded: “I think we maybe took our foot off the gas a little and against a side as good as Glenavon you know they are going to have some time in the ascendancy.
“And old friend Stuart King with that famous step over of his helped bring them back to 2-1.
“Then you have the last 10-15 minutes when we are getting bombarded a little bit and Stuart Addis made a wonderful save.
“But we stood tall and on reflection I think we merited all three points.”