Marty Quinn is keen to avoid telly repeat
Marty Quinn will warn his Glenavon players he won’t tolerate a repeat of the debacle when Crusaders taught his side a lesson in front of the Sky TV cameras.
The Lurgan Blues were left embarrassed as the Crues stormed to a 3-0 win at Seaview in front of an worldwide audience looking on from their armchairs.
Quinn has admitted he made mistakes that night but he hopes to be smiling come 4.45pm this afternoon after an away win on the Shore Road.
“We were absolutely atrocious that night,” said Quinn. “It was a big occasion for both clubs but we really let ourselves down.
“I’ll be the first to admit that I got it wrong and made mistakes.
“I got the balance of the team and our formation wrong and we were punished.
“I accept responsibility for that but hopefully we can get the shape right this time. I will be reminding the players of what happened that night — you never forget occasions like that when it goes horribly wrong.
“I want players to perform a lot better this time as we didn’t even test the Crusaders goalkeeper before.
“We weren’t at the races but now the players have to stand up and be counted.”
Quinn feels he has a stronger squad this season and performances back up his argument, with the mid-Ulster men lying second in the Premiership.
Willo McDonagh, who has partnered Jay Magee at centre-back, has just scooped the fans’ player of the month prize.
“Willo has been outstanding for us at centre-half alongside Jay,” added Quinn. “The back four has changed a bit with Kyle Neill at left-back and Brendan Shannon at right-back and hopefully we will be stronger in that area.
“I feel the squad is stronger and the challenge for the players is to stay at the top end of the table and to do that they have to keep raising their game.”
Crusaders, who have recorded back to back wins over Ballymena United, will be tricky opponents for the visitors but Quinn insists his men can leave Seaview with maximum points.
“It’s all about keeping the momentum going and the players can do that if they stick together,” added Quinn. “I thought we were very unfortunate to lose against Glentoran as I felt there was nothing between the sides.”
James Costello makes a return to the Glenavon squad.