Glentoran 1 Crusaders 1
Eddie Patterson believes his Glentoran side are still a work in progress after they climbed into third place thanks to a hard-fought point against Crusaders at The Oval.
The hosts took the lead in the 74th minute when David Howland finished off a Stephen Carson cross, despite the best efforts of Crusaders' goalkeeper Sean O'Neill, but they had to settle for a point after Crusaders' captain Colin Coates equalised five minutes from time with a well struck volley.
Patterson (pictured) said the east Belfast side’s ascent of the Premiership table shows Glentoran are moving in the right direction.
“It's a work in progress — people can see we're trying to play out from the back,” Patterson explained.
“We're going to win games, we're going to draw games and we're going to lose games, but we're going to persevere with this style of football.
“We've a great bunch of lads at this club, who have been superb over last two months despite all the problems.
“The camaraderie at training is fantastic and their work-rate has been superb.
“The players have bought into what we're trying to do and if we carry on in this way, we will get there.
“We're moving in the right direction.”
The Glens boss was, however, honest enough to admit that Crusaders were the better side in the second half, but, nevertheless, still thought that his men merited their point.
He added: “I was disappointed that we couldn't hold out when we went ahead.
“We didn't pick up Coates in the box and we were punished.
“We probably would have taken a point at the start of the day but, when you're leading with 10 minutes to go, there is always regret.
“We were better in the first half and they were better in the second, so a draw was a fair result.”
Crues boss Stephen Baxter didn't share Patterson's viewpoint, insisting his side were the superior outfit.
“The dressing room is incredibly disappointed at not winning the football match as we had all the big chances,” he said.
“We created a host of great chances in the game which we failed to put away, but we were able to hang in their and get the equaliser.”