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Curtis Allen hails Glentoran mentality as they take Crusaders hit on the chin

Ards 0 Glentoran 1

By Alex Mills

Curtis Allen insists Glentoran don't dwell on the past.

The east Belfast side's mauling by Crusaders had already disappeared into the ether when Allen and his team-mates trooped out of the Bangor Fuels Arena on Saturday.

The 29-year-old required just 60 seconds to shoot his team into the lead against Ards - and they never looked back.

Yes, they had to withstand the expected late onslaught from Colin Nixon's team, but the reality is the Glens should really have been out of sight by that stage.

A mixture of some inspired goalkeeping by young Sam Johnston, wastefulness in front of goal and a fantastic clearance by defender Callum Byers - who somehow kept out a Robbie McDaid right under is own crossbar - deprived the Glens of a greater winning margin.

"After Monday night, we needed a good result," admitted Allen. "We took a bit of stick after that result and rightly so, but you have to move on.

"It's still a building process for us. When we have a bad result, it's all about showing a response. We've now done that twice.

"We were disappointed to lose at Linfield a few weeks back. We should have got more from that game, but we came back with a great win at Ballymena.

"And we were again disappointed with our showing on Monday night, but we've bounced back by getting three points at Ards. We now move on.

"It shows what this squad is about. We can take a setback on the chin, dust ourselves off and start moving forward again."

It was an Elliott Morris' long punt through the middle, which was flicked on by McDaid, that led to Allen's quick-fire winner.

The only blot on the Glentoran landscape was the dismissal of McDaid for speaking out of turn two minutes from time.

Ards manager Colin Nixon, who had Jonny Frazer dismissed, admitted his team don't have the fire power to win football games at the minute.

He said: "We had plenty of chances to get back into it. That's been the story of our season, we have been lacking that bit of quality in front of goal. It's really starting to hurt us.

"We missed a great chance in the first few seconds and Glentoran go down the pitch and score. We were chasing the game after that, but we had plenty of chances to rectify the damage. That was the difference between the teams."

Ards: Johnston, Byers, Taylor, Elebert, Glendinning, Frazer, Cherry, Hanley, (Tommons, 71 mins), Liggett (Keke, 66 mins), McComb (McLellan, 73 mins), McAllister.

Unused subs: McMillen, Ruddy.

Glentoran: Morris, Kane, Birney, Addis, Allen, Kerr, McNicholl (Delaney, 72 mins), Knowles (McMullan, 88 mins), Redman, McCawl (Gordon, 76 mins), McDaid. Unused subs: Kelly, Smith.

Man of the match: Sam Johnston

Match rating: 6/10

Referee: Steven Gregg (Ballyclare)

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