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We can leave our dreadful start in past, says Harmon

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 22/10/2016

Kicking on: Aaron Harmon has urged his Glentoran team-mates to build on the victory over Dungannon Swifts, their first in the league since August 20
Kicking on: Aaron Harmon has urged his Glentoran team-mates to build on the victory over Dungannon Swifts, their first in the league since August 20

Aaron Harmon believes Glentoran can still salvage their season, but admits they must become more streetwise.

It has been a dismal start for the once-mighty east Belfast side. A third of the way into the campaign, they sit third bottom, having also been dumped out of the League Cup by lowly Annagh.

Gary Haveron is the man charged with getting the Glens back on track after Alan Kernaghan's resignation, and claimed his first win at Dungannon last weekend.

Today they will be aiming for only a fourth league win of the campaign against Cliftonville.

Harmon, who has captained the side in recent games, admits it isn't good enough. But he insists there is plenty of time for Glentoran to turn things around.

"A club such as Glentoran should not be in that position - absolutely not," the midfielder said. "But if you look at the table, especially after our last result, there are only five or six points between us and the top six.

"It is still tight and if we can put a few results together we will be right back in there."

The 1-0 win at Stangmore Park - secured by Jonny Smith's late penalty - was the Glens' first in the league since August 20.

They battled hard to dig out a result against an in-form Swifts side.

And Harmon is hoping it can be a turning point in their season. He said: "It will breed confidence throughout the whole squad. Hopefully we can build and go into the next game and give another good performance and keep pushing up the table."

Part of the Glens' problem has been their woeful defensive record - they have conceded 21 times in 12 league games.

And Harmon, who joined from Carrick this summer, believes they have to build from the back to move forward.

"We've got to stop conceding sloppy goals," he said. "Take the Ballymena game (a 4-1 defeat). In the first half we played some great football and were brilliant. In the second half we were just opened up.

"We know we have to stop conceding silly goals - stop crosses coming into the box, be more solid and get tighter to people.

"We did that against Dungannon and we limited them to one set-piece - a header off the bar.

"We kept a clean sheet and were able to grind out a win, and that has to be our starting point going forward."

The Glens' clash against cross-city rivals Cliftonville is one of the standout games of the day.

The Reds beat Linfield in midweek, and Harmon believes it will be a tough game.

"We know they are going to come and give us a good test," he said. "They like to play good football with the interchange of passes in midfield, and we have to go out with the same game plan.

"That means being tight and hard to beat, and hopefully the chances will come and we can get something from the game."

Harmon (26) says Glentoran have to start building momentum. He believes a run of positive results can make a big difference to their league position.

"It's about momentum now and we want to take last weekend's performance into the Cliftonville game," he added.

"Then we have the Crues in the County Antrim Shield and Carrick in the league, so we have a lot of big games coming up.

"We just have to keep chipping away, keep putting points on the table and push ourselves up into the top half of the league.

"The games are now coming thick and fast and you can accumulate points very quickly.

"There is not that much between third from bottom and third from top. A few wins and you can really climb the table."

Belfast Telegraph

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