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Eddie Patterson let down by players: skipper Stephen McAlorum

Glentoran 2-0 Carrick Rangers

By David Mason

Glentoran captain Stephen McAlorum believes the players must shoulder some of the blame for the sacking of manager Eddie Patterson.

Even though the east Belfast team racked up their first back-to-back victories of the season with a 2-0 win over Carrick Rangers at the Oval, chairman Stephen Henderson wielded the axe minutes after the game.

The reality is late goals from McAlorum and Conor McMenamin failed to camouflage the fact that this was another horrible performance from the boys in green, red and black.

There was no passion, no flair, no quality and, apart from McMenamin's sublime 94th minute finish, nothing on offer to encourage the fans that did turn up to make a return trip.

"The chairman spoke with me after the match and explained what had happened as regards to Eddie and the reasons behind it," said McAlorum. "I then had to inform the players. Obviously they were all shocked.

"Yes, the performances haven't been great and the players have to accept some responsibility. We understand that.

"We have to knuckle down and focus on improving as individuals and as a team. We need to start playing football the way we know we can. On our day we can beat anyone in this league. We outplayed Linfield at Windsor last week, so we know what we are capable of.

"This season has been tough. We have had injuries to key players, and also suspensions which have hit hard. I can speak on behalf of the players in thanking Eddie and wishing him all the best.

"It was a tough one to take. Eddie wore his heart on his sleeve and he was a passionate manager. That's what you want in the dressing room. There were arguments here and there, but that's football and nobody dwelled on it.

"It is never nice seeing anyone lose their job, but we have to move on now. We are employed by Glentoran and we have to concentrate on football."

Director of Football Roy Coyle will take charge of team affairs until a new manager is installed. Already a posse of former Glentoran favourites are being linked with the post, including Gary Smyth, Paul Leeman, Colin Nixon and Pat McGibbon.

McAlorum added: "We have to step up for whoever comes in as new manager, and we will do all we can do to get Glentoran back up the league table. It doesn't matter who comes in. There have been some names mentioned, including Leeper (Paul Leeman), Gary Smyth, Pat McGibbon.

"There is a good nucleus of a squad here and plenty to build on. We will wait and see who comes in and then work hard to move up the table."

GLENTORAN: Morris, Garrett, Kane, Holland, Scullion (Smith, 80 mins), Allen, McCaffrey (McMenamin, 62 mins), McAlorum, Addis, Gordon, Gray (Gibson, 46 mins). Unused subs: McCullough, Hogg.

Carrick: Neeson, Traynor, Surgenor, Cherry (McCaul, 73 mins), McCloskey, Kane, Johnston (Roy, 87 mins), Doyle, Browne, Taggart, Miskimmin (Dick, 80 mins). Unused subs: McNeill, Roy, Keenan.

Man of the Match: Johnny Addis

Match rating: 4/10

Referee: Evan Boyce (Ballygowan)

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