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Glens good enough to have six appeal: McAlorum

By David Mason

Skipper Stephen McAlorum believes the strike partnership of Stephen O'Flynn and Curtis Allen can fire Glentoran into the top six.

With games rapidly running out, Gary Haveron's boys certainly have a bit of work to do as they trail seventh placed Dungannon Swifts by four points.

What is even more alarming is the fact that the east Belfast boys are six behind Glenavon, who currently occupy sixth spot in the table.

But McAlorum is adamant the Glens can be in with the big boys when the league splits for the final five games.

It means that nothing other than three points will be sufficient when Ballinamallard United leave a calling card at the Oval today.

"If Stephen and Curtis get a few games together, they could form a great partnership up front - they are strikers that have goals in them, so that could be the difference in us making the top six," said McAlorum.

"That has to be our priority - that's were Glentoran have to be.

"We've had a few disappointing results of late - going out of the Irish Cup after being beaten by Linfield and then falling to a heavy home defeat by Crusaders.

"But it's no good pondering on what might have been or feeling sorry for ourselves.

"Inconsistency has been our problem this season. I'm not into making excuses, but we haven't really got going from the start of the season.

"The injuries we have had were unreal - all serious injuries. We are now starting to get a few boys back, so hopefully that will help improve results."

Haveron's team bounced back to form last week with a convincing 3-1 win at Ards, O'Flynn chipping in with a first half brace.

McAlorum added: "The big man showed what he is about last week at Ards. We fully deserved that win. His two goals were brilliant. He is only feeling his way back after being out since the start of the league campaign. He was a bit like myself. I only got back into the side in late November after being out for almost a year.

"When you take players like Willie Garrett, Stephen O'Flynn, Calum Birney, Marcus Kane, Curtis Allen and David Scullion out of any squad, as they have been at different times, you are bound to feel the pinch.

"Thankfully, we are now beginning to see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

"The boss (Gary Haveron) is really enthusiastic. He manages as he played - he wears his heart on his sleeve.

"He knows where the club needs to be and he's doing all in his power to make it happen. He has an infectious attitude and that rubs off on the players."

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