Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray issues call to arms to players
Warrenpoint Town 0-1 Glentoran
Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray has called on his players to stand up and be counted after Glentoran condemned them to their seventh league defeat in a row with a late goal at Milltown.
The home side had a number of chances to go in front in the second half before Jim O'Hanlon's 94th minute winner but they found Elliott Morris in sparkling form as he kept put a number of efforts from Hughes brothers Daniel, Stephen and Mark.
Gray feels that there are too many players not performing, and that's the root of the problem for his side who still sit four points adrift of Dungannon Swifts at the bottom of the table.
"If you ask me can the players do it, they can - but if they are going to need me or somebody else to force it out of them every week, from my perspective there are too many players like that," he said. "You can force it out of one or two maybe, but if you have to force it out of five or six every week it's impossible. It's impossible for any manager at any club to do that.
"I think there's a sense of realism to it. We have players who are capable but if those players want to act like wee boys and feel sorry for themselves every time they get beaten instead of wanting to better themselves the next time, then that's the difference."
While not the greatest of performances by any means, stand-in Glens boss Roy Coyle was pleased with how his players dealt with what could have been a tricky encounter given the off-field issues at the club in the wake of Eddie Patterson's dismissal last week.
"The way they approached the game was first class because the confidence couldn't have been great. But they worked very hard during the week and thankfully they got the rewards for that," he said.
WARRENPOINT: Shanahan, Moan, Boyle, McVeigh, Kieran, Bagnall, M Hughes, McDonald (Clarke, 57 mins), S Hughes, D Hughes, Murray (Murray, 74 mins). Unused subs: McMahon, Donnelly.
GLENTORAN: Morris, Garrett, Kane, Holland, Scullion, Allen, McCaffrey (Smith, 36 mins), McAlorum, Addis (O'Hanlon, 87 mins), Gordon, McMenamin. Unused subs: McCullough, Gibson, Hogg.
Man of the match: Elliott Morris
Match rating: 5/10
Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)