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It's a bad time to face Cliftonville, says Glenavon boss Hamilton

 

By Billy Weir

There was probably a large exhalation of relieved breath when news of last night's Mid-Ulster Cup final postponement filtered through to Gary Hamilton.

The Glenavon boss admits that his side are down to the bare bones at the moment with several key player out injured and a mid-week skirmish with Warrenpoint Town was the last thing he needed.

Sammy Clingan, Andrew Mitchell and Andrew Doyle are all absent at the moment while the likes of Conor McCloskey, Niall Grace and Andy Hall are all playing through their pain barriers.

A few more days of rest and recuperation will be welcome then as the Lurgan Blues look to bounce back from last Saturday's disappointing defeat by Ballymena United with a trip to Cliftonville this weekend.

Glenavon have drawn the short straw in facing the Reds in the first match after the Barry Gray era with Michael Press, Barry Johnston and Marc Smyth looking after things in the interim until a new man is appointed.

"It's always a bad time to play any club when their manager has left and there will be a new one in place and they will get a lift. That always happens at the start with every club," said Hamilton.

"It's not an easy place to go anyway.

"I know they are conceding a lot of goals this year but they are the type of team who could beat you 5-4 or 6-5 because the quality they have up front is unbelievable.

"We found that out the last time we played there, they beat us 4-2 and on the day they had six shots on goal and scored four and we had something like 18 or 19 and scored two, so that's the type of team they are.

"They are always a dangerous animal, especially now with a new manager coming in and it will be a difficult game."

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