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Gary Hamilton: Glenavon defending was worse than a kids game for Institute's goals

Gary Hamilton
Gary Hamilton

By Colin Speer

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton was left furious by his team's overall display against Institute - despite seeing them battle back from 2-0 down to claim a point.

The Lurgan Blues missed a hatful of clear-cut chances against Sean Connor's men and the goals they conceded angered the manager.

"We are delighted to show a bit of spirit coming back, but the two goals we conceded were criminal and I told the boys after the game that you probably won't see defending like that if you had have went out and watched a kids game," he explained.

"Their second goal I would love to see again because it was like the Red Sea opening up, what happened I don't know but you certainly can't defend like that, there's no way you can defend like that and expect to win games of football.

"Then at that stage we are 2-0 down but the one thing I will said about the players is that they showed a bit of character to come back and probably should have won it at the end as well - we had a great chance with Josh (Daniels) right at the death.

"For me, he should do better and there were other chances as well.

"We had good chances from corner kicks, and we didn't make them pay for that.

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"But the positive for us is that Danny Purkis scored a goal and I thought he done well. (Matthew) Snoddy has come in and got 90 minutes and, as I said, the boys showed a bit of character coming back from 2-0 down.

"The negatives for me are that we should never be in the position that we were and we shouldn't be defending like that and it doesn't take a genius to figure out that's why we are where we are and to win games you can't defend the way we are defending.

"We created chances and shouldn't have been coming away from this game with just a point but, fair play to Institute, they went 2-0 up and defended and defended and came away with a point and I'm sure they might have been happy enough.

"Say whatever you like about Institute, they had four chances and scored two goals and that's decent and we weren't anywhere near that."

Joe McCready's penalty and a well-taken strike by Alex Pomeroy had the visitors in control only for Purkis and Conor McCloskey to reply for Glenavon - leaving Stute assistant manager Sean Friars with mixed emotions.

"We are a bit happy with the battling performance, but obviously disappointed that when we were 2-0 up we didn't see the game out and win," he said.

"However, in saying that, Glenavon are a good side and they had a lot of chances themselves, so I think in the cold light of day we'll be pleased with the result, but have to learn to see games out when in such a good position."

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Larmour, Marron, Daniels, Moorhouse (Jenkins, 72 mins), Clingan, Purkis, Snoddy, Singleton, Davidson (Byrne, 65 mins), Sharkey (McCloskey, 76 mins). Unused subs: Doyle, Harmon, Beggs, Garrett.

Institute: R Brown, Brogan, D Curry, McLaughlin, R Morrow, G Brown, Crown, Tweed, Burke (Bradley, 69 mins), Pomeroy (Obhakhan, 61 mins), McCready (Hume, 84 mins). Unused subs: Scoltock, B McLaughlin, McCauley, Wells.

Referee: Christopher Morrison

Man of the match: Danny Purkis

Match rating: 7/10

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