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Gary Hamilton's boys are aiming to stay cool


Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton insists it's a time for cool heads as his team chase down a European qualification place.

The Lurgan Blues today entertain Cliftonville at Mourneview Park knowing three points could well edge them closer to that lucrative Euro slot.

They go into the Premiership showdown in the best possible shape following their thumping 4-0 win over Glentoran at the same venue on Saturday.

Hamilton, who agreed a new three-year contract that will keep him at the club until 2019, is looking for a similar type of performance against the Reds.

"Our initial aim was top six place," says Hamilton.

"We'll just keep playing every game to see where it takes us. We are not setting any targets.

"If we can nudge into the top three, it will be great for everyone at the club . . . the players, directors and supporters. If we don't get there, we can still class it as a successful season."

Hamilton, who hopes to add defender Dave Elebert to his squad for today's game, has hailed the attitude of his players over the course of the season.

"The boys have been excellent," he said. "They haven't let me down in many games. I get hard work, honesty and effort.

"If anyone doesn't give me that, they don't last long at this club - that's the way we work here. It's not all about talent - it's about honesty and your desire to be here.

"Since I took over three and a half years ago, there's only one player still here. That says it all."

Northern Ireland lost 9-1 to England in their European Women's Under-19 Championship qualifier at Seaview.

Aimee Mackin had put Alfie Wylie's girls ahead after only 10 minutes, but a slick England side lead 5-1 at half time before easing to victory.

Belfast Telegraph

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