Eddie Patterson praises approach of his Glentoran side after Portadown win
Glentoran 1-0 Portadown
Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson put Saturday's 1-0 win over Portadown at The Oval down to his side's attitude as they somewhat made amends for last weekend's loss to Ballymena United.
A superb strike from Marcus Kane just before half time was enough to clinch the victory, which saw Glens go level on points with their opponents in the Danske Bank Premiership, but Patterson felt that it was the approach that all of his players took to the game that earned the win.
He said: "It was all about attitude, the work rate. We knew the abilities in that squad but what's been missing over the last few weeks has been the work rate and the attitude that befits a Glentoran squad.
"Credit to the boys, what we tried to provoke from last week was a response, and we got that today."
That response could and should have seen them win by a more convincing margin as Curtis Allen, Fra McCaffrey and the stand-out Ciaran Caldwell all missed golden opportunities to find the net before Kane struck on 43 minutes. A sweeping four man move down the left saw McAlorum find Kane, who took a touch to release Caldwell to the bye-line. His cross was initially mis-controlled by Allen, but the striker recovered well to lay the ball off to Kane who'd kept his run going, bending a fine effort high beyond the impressive Billy Brennan and in to the top corner from just inside the area.
Patterson was impressed with his left back's second goal of the season and what it achieved.
"He's done it against Carrick, and he's popped up again today. He doesn't get many goals but usually when he does its something special.
"But today's win means nothing if the attitude is not there next week against Cliftonville."
Portadown offered little in response in the second half, as the hosts absorbed what little pressure their visitors could muster. Had it not been for an inspired showing from Brennan, it could have been worse for The Ports. Keith O'Hara's sending off in the 89th minute for a last man challenge compounded a miserable day at the office for Ronnie McFall's men, who also had unused sub Mark McAllister sent to the stands by the referee.
GLENTORAN: Hogg, Kane, Holland (Addis, 48 mins), Magee, Scullion, Allen, Nelson (McCaffrey, 12 mins) McAlorum, Gordon, Caldwell (McMenamin, 70 mins), Garrett. Unused subs: Birney, Morris
PORTADOWN: Brennan, Casement, Redman, O'Hara, Ramsey (Oman, 90 mins), Mackle (Richardson, 79 mins), Murray, Mouncey, Gault, Twigg, Garrett (McMahon, 60 mins). Unused subs: McAllister, Soares
Man of the match: Ciaran Caldwell
Match rating: 6/10
Referee: Mervyn Smyth (Belfast)