Glentoran boss Patterson calls for the right attitude
Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson is sweating on the fitness of centre-back Jay Magee for today's Danske Bank Premiership clash against Carrick Rangers - a re-run of the midweek JBE League Cup tie.
Stephen Gordon's double and a Curtis Allen strike earned the Glens a quarter-final slot. It could have been so different, however, had Conor McCloskey found the net from the spot instead of the gloves of Elliott Morris after Brian McCaul had shot Rangers level.
"Jay had to come off after aggravating a rib injury sustained on Saturday, so hopefully that clears up for the weekend," said Patterson.
"Marcus Kane comes back into the squad after suspension, which is a positive.
"We need to start pushing on. Admittedly, we were poor in the first-half against Carrick, even though we got off to a flyer. We could well have been behind at half-time only for Elliott's penalty save.
"I had to give the players a bit of a jolt at half-time in the changing room. The attitude just wasn't right.
"It wasn't the same attitude we had last Saturday in our draw against Linfield, but that's a thing you can't coach.
"I told the boys earlier in the season and again now that if they get their attitude right for every game, then there is no telling where they can go this season in this league. It's up to them.
"They applied themselves well in the second-half after that... we upped the tempo and kept the ball moving.
"But come Saturday, it will be even more difficult because Carrick will be hurting from that defeat.
"We must make sure our work rate is what it should be. Once again, it will be down to a mental attitude.
"Our aim is to rack up back-to-back wins against Carrick. You don't get it by pulling on the shirt, you get it through hard work and hopefully that's what we'll do."