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Glenavon have rediscovered groove and are looking up once again, insists Millar

Paul Millar.
Paul Millar.

By Steven Beacom

Glenavon assistant manager Paul Millar believes the Lurgan Blues have found their feet again and will be intent on maintaining their current form away to bottom club Newry City today.

The Mourneview Park men started the season on fire and were being spoken about as potential title contenders but then inconsistency hit and losing Mark Sykes and Ben Doherty around Christmas to Oxford United and Coleraine respectively really hurt.

In recent weeks, though, the tide has turned with important home wins over Linfield and Dungannon Swifts thanks to Josh Daniels scoring in both.

Glenavon are fourth, six points clear of Cliftonville and Coleraine, and six behind third-placed Crusaders.

"What was pleasing in those matches was that we kept clean sheets," said Millar, such a key figure in the Glenavon set-up.

"We raised our game against Linfield and delivered another three points in the win over Dungannon and now we'll go to Newry looking to do the same.

"What we want is to go into the split which comes after the Newry game in good form.

"It is really exciting and it's where I think the Irish League is brilliant because there is that unpredictability to it, especially at this time of the season.

"For us we are genuinely trying to win every game between now and the finish and see how far that takes us up the table.

"There is a lot of football to be played.

"First and second may be too far ahead of us but the Crues aren't that far in front.

"We had a period of inconsistency and now we are determined to put a strong run together.

"The way we play we need everyone to step up and I'm not talking out of school because we have told the boys that wasn't the case when we were being inconsistent.

"It's easy to raise your game against teams like Linfield so it is up to us to deliver against everyone."

While Glenavon will fancy earning a victory at the Showgrounds, Newry desperately need one in their survival fight in a match that has a 5.30pm kick-off time.

Darren Mullen's side are one point behind Ards with six games left.

They have not won in 2019 and their last victory was in November.

Mullen still feels his players can lift themselves into second bottom and go into the play-off but is also aware that time is running out to achieve that target.

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