Belfast Telegraph

Tuffey ready to dig deep to help Lurgan Blues end poor run of form

By Adrian Rutherford

Jonny Tuffey says hard work will be the key to Glenavon getting back on the winning path in the Danske Bank Premiership.

The Lurgan Blues have failed to win any of their last three league games.

A dismal home defeat to Ballinamallard was followed by back-to-back draws at Glentoran and Dungannon.

Gary Hamilton's side are on the road again today as they head to the north-west to take on Coleraine.

Tuffey says the competitive nature of the league means points will be hard won.

"It is never nice to drop points but we have to be respectful of all the teams in this league," the goalkeeper said.

"They are all very good teams, and all are competing to try and get as high up the table as they can. We have got to work hard and fight hard for every point we get."

Just a point separates Coleraine and Glenavon in the table.

The Bannsiders lost 1-0 at Cliftonville last time out, but are unbeaten on their home ground this season.

Tuffey added: "Going to Coleraine will be tough - they are all tough in this league. There are a lot of good teams.

"It's up to us to try and find form again as quickly as possible and climb up the league."

Boss Gary Hamilton is also keen to get back on track - and is hoping for a change in fortune.

He is still smarting from being denied a penalty in the 2-2 draw at Glentoran, and a series of controversial calls at Dungannon last weekend.

"It feels like a recurring sense of injustice, especially when the boys are working so hard and putting so much effort in," said Hamilton.

"We can't control that, we can only control what we do on the pitch and in the last two games I've been a lot happier with the performances.

"They have been a lot better, we've been a lot more like ourselves. We haven't won both games because of things outside of our control."

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