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Haveron is eager for Glens to end dismal home slump ahead of clash with Ards

By Alex Mills

Glentoran boss Gary Haveron insists it's vital his team end their losing home streak.

His side haven't tasted victory in east Belfast since September 19 when they defeated junior side Crumlin Star in a Shield tie.

Since then, the Glens have pocketed just two points from a possible 15 in front of home fans.

It's the team's impressive results on the road that have helped them maintain their place in the Danske Bank Premiership's top six.

However, they have the chance of laying to rest the 'home' ghost this afternoon when former Glentoran favourite Colin Nixon brings his Ards team to the Oval.

Haveron said: "We have to beat the teams in the bottom half of the table to keep us in contention with the top six. European football is the ultimate aim of every club in this league.

"We have to start putting points on the board in our home games, but there are no easy fixtures and this will be another battle against an Ards side who are fighting to claw away from the bottom of the table."

Although the Glens reeled in three points away at Warrenpoint Town last week, Haveron was far from happy.

"We started really well and took a two-goal lead," he added. "But we stopped playing and surrendered our advantage. Thankfully a couple of goals from Dan Kelly earned us the points.

"It's a results-based business. I was delighted with the points, but I would have loved the performance to go with it."

The growing casualty list is also a concern for Haveron as the queue for the treatment room continue lengthens. Defensive pair Ross Redman and Tre Stirling are the latest to join the long list of players out injured.

"I'm not into making excuses, but it's becoming serious," added Haveron.

"Our squad isn't all that big, so we can't afford to have the likes of Redman, Stirling, Calum Birnley, Nathan Kerr, John McGuigan and James Knowles all missing out on games."

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