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Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson hails impact of supporters

By Graham Luney

Eddie Patterson has hailed the Glentoran fans for helping to drive his men over the line on Saturday.

The Glens boss was impressed with the fans' contribution during a stunning away win at Portadown which keeps the club's Irish Cup defence on track.

But the 3-1 win, following a debut double strike from Curtis Allen and Aaron Boyd's finish, also keeps the feelgood factor alive in The Oval dressing room.

While the Ports lick their wounds and must regroup for a scramble to secure European football, the Glens are now confident they can tackle the rest of the season in top gear – starting with tonight's tough trip to Glenavon in the Premiership.

But an away challenge should hold little fear for the east Belfast side as they are unbeaten in their last eight matches on the road.

Patterson said: "People were saying whoever lost this game their season was over, but I was never thinking that way.

"I said to the boys in the changing room that even if we had not done the business at Portadown we would have had a lot to play for.

"There's still an opportunity to climb the table and there's another round of games when teams will face each other.

"We were fortunate enough to get a good result at Shamrock Park which keeps the Irish Cup run going and that keeps the atmosphere right in the dressing room.

"It was also hard to ignore that support we had from the fans. They were phenomenal and it shows you what this club can do if things start to go well.

"Hopefully with the addition of Curtis Allen our problems up front will be resolved."

e GLENTORAN have missed out on the signing of former Derry City midfielder Ruaidhri Higgins. The 29-year-old will instead sign for Dundalk today.

Meanwhile Tiarnan Mulvenna, who was released by Dundalk at the end of the League of Ireland season, has signed an 18-month deal with Glenavon.

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