Belfast Telegraph

Gary Hamilton keen to plug Glenavon's leaky defence

By Graham Luney

Glenavon's attacking power has been rightly highlighted but boss Gary Hamilton has admitted his growing concern at a leaky defence.

The Lurgan Blues have conceded nine goals in three Premiership battles and former Northern Ireland international Hamilton has reached a simple conclusion - "that's not good enough".

Table-toppers Ards visit Mourneview Park tonight (7.45pm) and they will face a Glenavon side without Rhys Marshall after his sending off against Linfield last weekend.

The Lurgan Blues were thumped 4-0 but it could have been a heavier loss and Hamilton knows his side cannot keep pace with the big guns if they keep leaking goals.

"We have conceded three goals against Ballymena, two at home to Cliftonville and four against Linfield - that's not good enough," said Hamilton.

"Last year we conceded goals, but very rarely did we concede three or four. We can't mark space in the box. Space doesn't score goals, it is a player. So we have to start marking players. All the goals against Linfield were poor."

Hamilton has been impressed by Ards' start to the campaign and no one will be under-estimating Niall Currie's pacesetters.

"Ards are flying. They are top of the league," he added. "It has been a great start for them. Winning titles in the lower leagues breeds confidence.

"Ballinamallard came up and did well in their first year in the Premiership and now Ards are doing well.

"When you are confident you get victories. They won 4-3 against Ballymena United and credit to them.

"We know it will be a difficult game, especially as they are flying high and we are coming off the back of a heavy defeat. We lost 4-0 but it could have been eight or 10.

"It will be a good test and hopefully our boys will be up for it - more than they were against Linfield. The disappointing thing is that some players have been given opportunities in the team, and they haven't taken them."

  • Glenavon v Ards, Danske Bank Premiership: Mourneview Park ,7.45pm

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