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'I'm a fighter': Gary Hamilton vows to continue as Glenavon hit for six at Larne after seven-goal hammering at Linfield

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton is enduring a rare spell under pressure.
Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton is enduring a rare spell under pressure.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

The league table in its current form does not make for pleasing reading for Glenavon.

The Lurgan Blues are just three points off a promotion/relegation play-off place after picking up only seven points from their first nine games of the campaign.

The goal difference column isn't any prettier, now sitting at -17 after Gary Hamilton's side added a 6-0 loss to Larne to last week's 7-0 defeat at the hands of Linfield.

The manager had asked his side to show their character at Inver Park and, when the result was little better than the week previous, it left the boss vowing to continue in the role.

"I've been a fighter all my life and I won't give up," he told the BBC. "I'm sure people are starting to question me now as a manager and that's the way football goes. Certainly at the moment there are more lows than highs but I will keep plugging away and trying to make things better."

Struggles such as this are not familiar to Hamilton, as a player or a manager. The 38-year-old is one of the most talented forwards to grace the Irish League and won the title with both Portadown and Glentoran. He made the switch to the dug-out look easy when he took over his boyhood club in 2011.

The Lurgan Blues were perennial relegation battlers when Hamilton arrived. Within five years, he had twice brought the Irish Cup back to Mourneview Park and masterminded a swift rise up the league table.

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Glenavon have finished outside the top three only once in the last five seasons and haven't missed out on the top six since way back in 2013.

"In my football career as a player and a coach, I haven't been involved two defeats like that in the space of two matches and it's hard to take," the boss said.

"I will go back and look at myself and the team that I picked and the way that we played because you can't concede seven goals one week and six the next. The mistakes we are making at the minute are criminal. Defensively we were so poor and and the thing is we changed it up and brought in five new faces and we are still making the same mistakes."

Next up, Glenavon will get a break from league action when they travel to Raith Rovers in the Scottish Challenge Cup next weekend with a trip to pointless Warrenpoint to follow.

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