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Gary Hamilton

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton believes his January additions have helped to bring a new mentality to the club.

Even though Hamilton lost the key trio of Rhys Marshall, Caolan Marron and Andy Mitchell at the turn of the year, he strengthened the spine of his team with experienced players from either side of the border.

Results since then would suggest an upturn in fortunes and Hamiltonfeels the January shake up has been key.

"We wanted to bring in winners," he said.

"Colin Coates has come in from Crusaders, Matthew Snoddy has come in from Crusaders, Calum Birney has come in from Glentoran - clubs where the demands are winning every week.

"Conor Byrne and Greg Moorhouse have come in from the south and they've all played for big clubs and with that comes expectation of getting results every week.

"I felt that we didn't have enough of players like that in the changing room. The one player we did have in that bracket was Sammy Clingan and he has been injured for probably half the season.

"You need those sort of players, because if you don't then confidence can be affected very quickly. When you go through a couple of defeats then that can show very quickly. If you don't get that first goal or you don't get on top then you can see confidence draining quickly."

Mark Randall's 15th minute goal was enough to give Larne the victory despite a late onslaught from the visitors, who were much improved from their last trip to Inver Park, which ended as a 6-0 mauling.

"Larne scored first but it didn't affect us in any shape or form and we really gave them a game," added Hamilton.

"You don't always get what you deserve but if we get more performances like that, we'll get more results than not."

LARNE: C Mitchell, Watson, Ramsey, Sule, Randall (Tilney, 74 mins), Tully (Gilmour, 63 mins), Lynch, Cosgrove, Hughes, Jarvis, Herron (A Mitchell, 82 mins). Unused subs: Devlin, Flowers, Kelly, Andrade

Glenavon: Tuffey, Doyle, Moorhouse (Jenkins, 59 mins (Byrne, 90 mins)), Harmon, Purkis, McCloskey, Snoddy, Singleton, Garrett, Birney, Davidson (O'Mahony, 59 mins). Unused subs: Larmour, Burns, Beggs, Farren.

Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)

Man of the match: Mark Randall

Match rating: 7/10.

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