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Oval faithful have every right to be angry, admits Glentoran's Roy Coyle

Ards 2 Glentoran 0

By Keith Bailie

Published 12/09/2016

Honest: Glens caretaker boss Roy Coyle understands fans’ concern
Honest: Glens caretaker boss Roy Coyle understands fans’ concern

Glentoran's Director of Football Roy Coyle says he can understand why the club's supporters are angry.

Following the Glens' dismal 2-0 defeat to Ards on Saturday, the team were booed off the park and 70-year-old Coyle, who is looking after first team affairs while the club search for a replacement for the recently departed Alan Kernaghan, shared the fans' frustration.

He said: "They've been angry for most of the season. They vented their feelings after the game and they are entitled to do that.

"They are witnessing things that they don't like. They're not happy and you can't argue against that.

"I don't blame them for being angry. What's the point in being kind to players if those players aren't doing their job?

"We've got to find a solution to this situation in the near future."

On the day, Ards picked Glentoran apart.

Defender Johnny Taylor returned to haunt his old club early on when he headed home a Kyle Cherry header, while Ross Arthurs made it 2-0 in the 66th minute, just 60 seconds after he left the substitutes bench.

"In the first half we were way below par, it was embarrassing," added Coyle.

"In the second half, we started well and had them under pressure for around 15 minutes or so but, after that, we showed nothing.

"We're not doing anything in either box. We're not defending well and we're not taking our chances.

"There's a lot of hard work to be done here. We have got to get this club back to where it belongs.

"This club should be challenging for league titles.

"If you challenge for league titles the supporters will get behind you and, at the moment, we aren't doing that, so the supporters are frustrated."

Coyle's old club Ards are now second in the Danske Bank Premiership, after claiming four wins from their opening seven games.

A delighted Niall Currie - who some have tipped for the vacant role at The Oval - said: "We've got great characters in that dressing room and great leaders. Some lead by example and some are mouthpieces, but it's a good blend and it's working for us.

"The thing that pleased me was Glentoran dominated the first 15 minutes of the second half and, rather than buckling under the pressure, we weathered the storm.

"Previous Ards teams would have conceded a goal during that spell, and went on to lose the game."

Ards: Hogg, Hall, Taylor, Friars, Ruddy, McCullough, Cherry, McComb, McKinney, McMillen (Rea, 71 mins), Keke (Athurs, 65).

Unused subs: McAuley, Hughes, McMullan.

Glentoran: Morris, Gordon, Magee, Birney, Redman, Leu (Addis, 66 mins), Caldwell, Harmon, Foley, Lavery, Novo. Unused subs: D Nelson, Cafolla, Delaney, McAuley

Referee: Andrew Davey (Bangor)

Man of the match: Johnny Taylor

Match rating: 7/10

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