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Connor urges Stute to keep standing tall

 

Sean Connor
Sean Connor

By Graham Luney

Institute boss Sean Connor wants his men to frustrate another Premiership big gun.

Connor was thrilled to pocket a point from the 1-1 draw at Crusaders last weekend when most observers felt they could receive a hiding.

Stute were well organised and defensively strong but also rode their luck a few times. But any point at the Shore Road venue is hard earned and Connor wants to maintain the feel-good factor as Glentoran visit the Brandywell tomorrow afternoon (3pm).

The Glens are buzzing after five wins on the spin, including four Premiership clashes, but Stute will show little fear.

"We knew from day one we needed to stop conceding and if we could do that we would have a chance," said Connor. "We have belief in what we are trying to do and when we got the ball down we played well and created chances. Crusaders had good players but we were defensively very solid.

"It is back to basics as this is a simple game which can be easily complicated. It's about clearing the ball away from your goal and trying to create chances.

"You need a system and to understand that system but our performance at Crusaders was not a rearguard display, it was defending from the front.

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"If Colm (McLaughlin) had hit the ball across the keeper he would have scored near the end. He just lacked a bit of composure but that was a left-back playing on the left side of midfield.

"I thought he was magnificent and scored a good goal in the first half.

"Just like when we went up to Larne, it's about getting results for us."

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