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Barry Gray blasts 'spoilt' Cliftonville stars after another defeat

Frustrated figure: Barry Gray
Frustrated figure: Barry Gray

Cliftonville suffered their third defeat in four games when they lost to Glentoran at the Oval on Saturday.

Curtis Allen's 62nd minute strike was enough to beat a lacklustre Reds, who had missed their own chances as Rory Donnelly hit the post early on and then brother Jay fluffed a near-post effort minutes before Glentoran's winner.

After the final whistle, boss Barry Gray didn't hold back.

"Not too many of our players can come off the pitch knowing that they gave everything out there - and it was the same last week and the week before ," he roared.

“I’m not even getting a 20-minute performance from these guys, never mind 90. Two wins in the last 10 (league games) is just not acceptable. I’m fed up trying to back the players and make excuses for them. The bottom line is they are spoilt rotten.

“They are lifted and laid, they are mollycoddled. They don’t do enough for all their perks.

"This isn't what I signed up to do at the club with the quality of players we have. You are a top pro, or you're not - there is no middle ground for me.

"I was brought up in an era that anything you had, you had to work for. That is not the culture in the squad of players I have in the dressing room. Imagine trying to motivate top quality players to play for Cliftonville?

"I worked at Warrenpoint Town with boys that didn't have the same quality of these guys to try and deliver the impossible, but they were easier motivated. I have to ask some serious questions.

He added: "Everyone keeps talking about the quality players we have at this club, I'm starting to question that.

“It’s seems they have a mentality of it’s acceptable not to win games. Once they go over the white line, I rely on my players, but they simply don't carry out instructions. They have let everyone down again.”

Cliftonville travel to Windsor Park to face Linfield in the Irish Cup quarter-final on Saturday afternoon.

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