Glentoran v Linfield: Revenge in the air for Blues
Scott Young is well aware that Glentoran must fight off a revenge mission from Linfield tonight.
The Blues were rocked 1-0 by the Glens at Windsor Park earlier in the season when few fans expected the struggling east Belfast side to give the champions a fright.
Now Linfield will arrive at The Oval looking to prove a point and assert their authority in the Carling Premiership title race.
The Blues are still smarting from their penalty shoot-out exit to Glenavon in the IRN-BRU Cup with title rivals Portadown’s draw at home to Coleraine on Saturday lifting spirits only slightly.
Linfield boss David Jeffrey will demand a response from his players and their surprise defeat to the Glens will be fresh in the players’ minds as they chase the bragging rights in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
Glentoran boss Young is familiar with the old saying that ‘Big Two games look after themselves’ but he knows the Blues will have the scent of revenge in their nostrils.
“We have had three good wins on the bounce but this is another big game against big rivals in front of a big crowd and they will still be hurting from the time when we beat them earlier in the season,” said Young.
“They will be out for revenge but we take things day by day. There will be no quarter given and these games take care of themselves.
“You wouldn’t want the gap between us in the league (eight points) to get any bigger but there have been a lot of changes at this football club and success will not happen overnight as we are rebuilding.
“The Blues and Portadown are ahead of us and we’ll be going out to win the game, but sometimes you don’t know what you’re going to get. It’s like the Old Firm games when form goes out the window.”
The positive news for Glentoran is that Gary Hamilton, who was instrumental in the win at Windsor, is playing with a swagger at The Oval.
“Gary has been absolutely tremendous since he’s come back,” added Young. “It’s not just his goals, it’s his overall work-rate, performances and desire. He has been a breath of fresh air.”