We're failing Eddie Patterson admits Glentoran captain Stephen McAlorum
Glentoran captain Stephen McAlorum has admitted the club's players are letting down their manager, Eddie Patterson.
Patterson is under fire after a poor start to the season which has heralded just three wins in 10 matches as the east-Belfast side sit in seventh position in the Danske Bank Premiership.
A youthful, injury-hit squad have struggled to find consistency and a 2-0 loss at home to Ballinamallard United on Saturday has increased anxiety levels ahead of Saturday's Big Two clash at Windsor Park.
Linfield, two points clear of champions Crusaders at the summit, will start that battle as firm favourites though it's the perfect stage for the Glens to blow away the gloom within their camp.
Midfielder McAlorum hopes his side can come through this storm but he accepts the players need to start showing some fight.
"Eddie has taken some flak but as players we need to stand up and be counted," said the former Donegal Celtic ace. "We have let the manager down with our performances. If we are being honest with ourselves we must say we have to work harder and perform a lot better.
"Fans are entitled to have their say but Eddie has been a fantastic manager here and two Irish Cup wins in three years, with the budget he has been working with, is a superb record.
"We are determined to turn things around and hopefully the fans can stay behind us because the young players need encouragement. A little luck will help as we don't seem to be getting any and we haven't had a settled team or back four this season."
Both managers are under the spotlight going into the first Big Two derby of the campaign with Patterson facing criticism and Warren Feeney linked with a move to Newport County.
"They have a lot of quality in their side and will be hard to beat," added McAlorum. "There's a fantastic pitch at Windsor and a win would lift our confidence.
"We have not become bad players overnight but these games against Linfield look after themselves. It's the matches against sides like Ballinamallard United and Ballymena United that we need to be winning."