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Glenavon boss Hamilton is wary of McCrudden threat


On alert: Gary Hamilton
On alert: Gary Hamilton

By Graham Luney

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton has identified Institute hotshot Michael McCrudden as a major threat to his side today.

The third-placed Lurgan Blues take on Paddy McLaughlin's side at Mourneview Park and there could be another flood of goals after the 3-3 stalemate between the sides a few weeks ago.

McCrudden is second in the Premiership goalscoring charts behind Joe Gormley after finding the net 15 times.

Hamilton knows his defence will need to stay alert to keep the goal-hungry frontman from the north west quiet.

"They have Michael McCrudden who's on fire at the minute and I rate him very highly," said Hamilton. "You don't get any easy games in this league so we have to turn up and when we create chances, we have to take them.

"We drew 3-3 with Institute and it was a really hard game so this will be difficult for us."

On Boxing Day, Glenavon needed a stoppage-time goal from Stephen Donnelly to snatch a point at Dungannon Swifts.

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"We were disappointed with the result on Boxing Day," Hamilton told the club's website.

"We created quite a few chances but we didn't take them and we were disappointed to come away with just the one point.

"I can't fault the boys' effort or commitment but we have to be more clinical and have belief in ourselves when we get those chances."

Josh Daniels has overcome his knee injury but will be making his return in the reserves at the Brandywell tomorrow, while Conor McCloskey is still out with a hamstring strain.

On New Year's Day, Glenavon host Warrenpoint Town in the Premiership (3pm) while attention switches to the Irish Cup next weekend.

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