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Curtis Allen: Alan Kernaghan can lead Glentoran back up the table

Glens ace targets winning run to take heat off Kernaghan

By Bill Steele

Published 17/02/2016

At the double: Curtis Allen hit a brace in Glentoran’s win over Glenavon at Mourneview Park
At the double: Curtis Allen hit a brace in Glentoran’s win over Glenavon at Mourneview Park
Alan Kernaghan

Glentoran's top scorer this season has dedicated Monday night's 3-1 Danske Bank Premiership win over Glenavon to boss Alan Kernaghan.

Curtis Allen, whose double at Mourneview Park extended his tally to 16 this campaign, insisted that all of his team-mates are behind the former Republic of Ireland international, who has received criticism from a section of fans at The Oval following a string of poor results.

Monday's victory ended a run of four defeats on the bounce and Allen says Kernaghan has what it takes to lead the Glens back up the table.

He said: "Alan has been top class, I can't say enough about him since he came in.

"He's been thoroughly professional. He hasn't got onto the lads - he has kept calm and yes, he's pulled lads when we've been disappointing, but he wants us to keep playing, he doesn't want us to do anything silly just to sneak a point or anything like that.

"He wants us to go out and play the right way and that's what Glentoran Football Club is all about.

"He's been receiving a lot of stick and, realistically, the players should be getting it.

"We've been putting the poor performances in while he's been doing everything top notch.

"The Glenavon result hopefully shows him that we're all in it together, that we're here for him and that we're fully backing him."

Though Allen bagged a brace in that success in Lurgan, he should have had a hat-trick but could only watch as his stoppage-time penalty hit the bar before going over.

He explained: "The goals were two great finishes - I think I'll go home and watch the highlights of them and maybe cut out the last 15 seconds of the penalty!

"The first one was a quick run off the ball into the box and a good finish and I got onto the second one nice and early, it was a good shot and I finished it well.

"I was gutted going off the pitch having missed the penalty. I want to score goals, whether I score one, two, three or four I want to score every chance that I get.

"I'll be having nightmares about it but that's football and I'm just delighted that we got the three points."

The Glens host Ballymena United at the weekend and Allen believes that they can carry the momentum from Monday night and use it to reel in the five teams currently above them in the table.

He added: "Ballymena are under a bit of pressure at the minute so we've got to get three points off them to keep our momentum going ahead of the split.

"We've got to keep going as far up the table as we can and close the gap between sixth and fifth."

Belfast Telegraph

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