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Morris expects to Crues it

By Chris Holt

Published 08/12/2006

Elliott Morris outside Seaview where he expects to shine tomorrow
Elliott Morris outside Seaview where he expects to shine tomorrow

Glentoran goalkeeper Elliott Morris feels that despite Crusaders' league form so far this season, they are still a team that the Glens should be beating.

Morris' claim comes ahead of the top two Carnegie Premier League clash between the sides at Seaview tomorrow, with only a point separating the teams.

But while the former Northern Ireland under 21 stopper recognises that the Crues are up there on merit, he still believes that Glentoran are a much stronger outfit.

"I don't want to show any disrespect to Crusaders but they are a team that we should be beating," he said.

"We are a bigger club than them, we have more supporters and we should be able to attract the best players.

"We should have the better team because of that and that's why I feel that this is a game that we have to be looking at getting three points out of.

"Fair play to Crusaders because they have been playing really well and have done well to stay in hunt at this stage because I think a lot of people expected them to fall behind by now.

"I think even Stephen Baxter is a bit surprised by what they have done so far but they have a good team there and they are going to be hard to beat.

"But we have a big run of games coming up against all the top teams in the league and this is one that we have to win if we are to show that we are capable of winning the league this year."

Morris' claims won't go down too well in his local area.

The Glens' number one was born and bred literally yards away from Seaview but he has even more reason to fight for a victory against his boyhood team - family pride.

Morris will come face to face with cousin Colin Beggs who has been impressive for the Crues in their first season back in the top flight and it promises to be quite a battle.

"Colin has been giving me a bit of stick over the past couple of weeks, saying that they were going to hammer us and he was going to score," said Morris.

"It has been a good bit of banter and both of us are looking forward to the game.

"I like playing at Seaview. It has a great atmosphere when there is a big crowd and I am sure both sets of fans will be out in their numbers for what is a huge game for both teams."

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