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Glenavon determined to restore fortress Mourneview while Lindsay praises sub striker


By Steven Beacom

Glenavon coach Kris Lindsay wants to home in on more big wins at Mourneview Park following the impressive 4-0 victory over Ballymena United.

Form on their own patch in 2018 for the Lurgan outfit has been indifferent, but Glenavon will hope the comprehensive result against David Jeffrey's side, who had to play the second half with 10 men due to the dismissal of Andrew Burns, is a sign of things to come.

Gary Hamilton's team have the chance to build on last Friday's league success with another home game tonight versus Dergview in the BetMcLean League Cup and on Saturday when Glentoran are the visitors in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Prior to the Ballymena game in 2018, Glenavon had only beaten Dungannon Swifts in the Irish Cup and Molde in Europe at Mourneview.

"Lots of people have been talking about it and Gary has been talking about it. Our home record over the last calendar year hasn't been great," said Lindsay.

"We've had too many draws but we have now managed to get a home victory against Ballymena and it's a monkey off our back.

"We will be looking to the games against Dergview and Glentoran at the weekend to get more home wins on the board."

Striker Stephen Murray will be aiming for a starting place after a superb display from the bench against Ballymena when he caused havoc for defenders and netted a brilliant goal.

"Stephen Murray has had to bide his time," said Lindsay.

"He's been a little bit frustrated the last two weeks but he came on against Ballymena and showed what he is good at. He's big and he's powerful and he runs channels really well, and to be fair to him he took his goal excellently.

"It was a great touch with the ball coming down from a height and he swivelled and finished. That's what Stevie is about.

"He causes defenders headaches. I remember playing against him when he was at Warrenpoint and it was never easy or pleasant.

"Defenders don't like going back towards their own goals and he gives us that option in behind."

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