Haveron is calling on Glens to show their mettle
Glentoran manager Gary Haveron says his men need to quickly shake off the disappointment of their heavy loss to Crusaders and hit back at Carrick Rangers tonight.
The Glens stormed in front against the Danske Bank Premiership leaders with an early goal through new boy Alex O'Hanlon, but after that the relentless Crues turned on the style.
Glentoran couldn't contain Crusaders' attacking power and now they will face a Carrick side with renewed confidence after their 4-0 thumping of Ards.
While the Crues were at their sizzling best at Seaview, the travelling fans were unhappy with the performance of their side.
An opportunity to climb into the top six was lost and the east Belfast side haven't won away from home in the Premiership since a 3-2 victory at Warrenpoint Town on November 18.
Even that success was far from comfortable with Daniel Kelly needing to find an 80th-minute winner.
Carrick will fancy their chances of dishing out more blues to the Glens after securing two 1-1 draws against Haveron's men this campaign, as well as a big League Cup win at The Oval.
"Carrick will have confidence going into this game but we need to shake the Crusaders defeat off and look to bounce back," said Haveron.
"We have Carrick and then Ards on Friday. It's a busy schedule for us, relentless, so we need to recover well between games and produce a better performance than we showed against Crusaders.
"The Crues are strong athletically and we didn't deal with them. We want to be in the top six and that's what we are aiming for.
"Crusaders have been able to add top quality players every season and we are striving to reach their position.
"It's a difficult job competing against that - look at the strength of their bench - but we need to keep working hard and pick up points. They are all big games and we can't afford too many defeats like this one."