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Glenavon must develop clinical edge in order to find some consistency, says Gary Hamilton

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Clear call: Gary Hamilton is urging Glenavon to take their chances. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Philip Magowan

Clear call: Gary Hamilton is urging Glenavon to take their chances. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Philip Magowan

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Clear call: Gary Hamilton is urging Glenavon to take their chances. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Philip Magowan

Gary Hamilton wants Glenavon to show a more ruthless streak.

After a slow start to 2022, the Lurgan side finally found their shooting boots against Dungannon Swifts on Tuesday night.

Hamilton feels their struggles in front of goal were a big factor after failing to win any of their first four fixtures of the new year.

“It has been frustrating,” he admitted.

“The flip side to that is that we are creating chances, but we need to be taking them. By not taking our chances, we make it hard for ourselves.

“Take the game against Carrick this month — in the first half we created so many chances and didn’t take them, then we go 2-0 down and score two in injury time.

“It is so important that when you are on top and creating chances at the start of the game that you take them.

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“Unfortunately for us, in the last few games we hadn’t done that and it has been difficult.”

That all changed against Dungannon — although it looked like being another night of frustration as chances came and went in the first half, and they fell behind.

But Peter Campbell and Mark Haughey turned it around in the second period, with Conor McCloskey adding a late third.

It took them seven points clear of the in-form Swifts, whose four-game winning run was ended.

Now Glenavon head to Seaview to face the fourth-placed Crues.

Hamilton admits it is another big test, on the back of an energy-sapping week.

“It’s a tough game — they all are when you take on any of the top six away from home,” he added. “Being a full-time side, they will recover better and they will have more time to recover.

“For us, it is always difficult when you are playing three games in a week as a part-time side. But we went to Windsor Park last weekend and put in a really good show in the first half, but just didn’t take our chances.

“So we have to be more clinical.”

Glenavon’s Kyle Beggs has returned to his former club Ballyclare Comrades on loan until the end of the season.


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