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Warrenpoint 0-3 Glenavon: Millar hails his Lurgan Blues after stylish win

By Gareth McCullough

Published 17/08/2015

Damage done: Joel Cooper and Kevin Braniff celebrate
Damage done: Joel Cooper and Kevin Braniff celebrate

Glenavon assistant boss Paul Millar said his side are in the groove after this comfortable victory over Warrenpoint Town.

Town are without a point in three matches and they were shown little mercy by the Lurgan Blues as a Mark Clarke own goal and further strikes from Eoin Bradley and young winger Joel Cooper ended the contest.

Following on from the 7-1 destruction of Ballymena United, Gary Hamilton's men are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of champions Crusaders on Saturday.

Millar hailed a professional job by the visitors.

"When Daniel Hughes got in early and Tuffers (Jonny Tuffey) made a good save for us, that was probably a turning point in the match," he said.

"I think Warrenpoint started brightly enough but over the period of the half we probably edged it. I genuinely felt that.

"But I thought in the second half there was only one team in it. Eoin Bradley had a couple of one-on-ones for us. Joel Cooper eventually scored and it was really good performance. For us to create those chances and to score three and conceded none was a good day at the office.

"On Wednesday evening, we were four up at the time and switched off a bit but today we kept going. Not only that, we didn't shut up shop. We kept going for more and kept it tight at the back as well.

"Last season was a super season but we punched above our weight really. This season we've set ourselves the target to get into the top six again and we haven't changed that."

Town chief Barry Gray said: "If you said to me we fell apart, I wouldn't disagree because, bar 20 minutes, we weren't good and we're not happy at all about it.

"The big question for me at this time isn't whether we have the players who have the ability that can do it, of course we do. It what's inside their head is what's extremely hard for me to deal with. No manager can and it's frustrating the life out of me."

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