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We have to learn the lessons from Glens defeat says Baxter

By Stuart McKinley

Stephen Baxter will find out this afternoon just how much his team has learnt from last Saturday's 3-1 defeat at home to Glentoran.

The Crues 100% home record this season and an unbeaten run at Seaview which stretches back 18 months, were both brought to an end last weekend as the Glens moved four points clear at the top of the table.

Baxter was far from despondent after the game, stating that he was proud of the performance of his players despite the result and called upon them to learn from the experience.

This afternoon's game - another home match - against Limavady United, will give him an indication as to whether or not they listened to his advice.

"We played very well against Glentoran and that is the level that you have to play at every week if you want to be one of the top sides," said Baxter.

"Glentoran and Linfield, who are the two best sides in this league, play like that every week.

"I hope it was a learning experience for the players and that they will come back stronger."

One player Baxter hopes will respond in a positive way is defender Colin Coates.

He was substituted just half an hour into the Glentoran game, after his mistake led to the first goal and he stormed off down the tunnel and straight to the dressing room.

"Colin Coates will have better days," said Baxter.

"He knows that he can't make those kind of mistakes and expect to get away with it."

The squad at Seaview, while comparable in numerical terms to most around the league, is lacking strength and experience in depth and Baxter is planning attempts to remedy that in the New Year.

"At present I am looking at strengthening the squad in the January transfer window," he said.

"The players I would like may be difficult to get right now, but be assured if the opportunity presents itself I will move swiftly to bring the type of player we are looking for."

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