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Glens have moved on from Big Two woe, maintains McDermott

 

Looking on: Mick McDermott is focusing on the future
Looking on: Mick McDermott is focusing on the future

By Alex Mills and Steven Beacom

Glentoran boss Mick McDermott insists his boys will not be licking their wounds following last week's Big Two defeat by Linfield.

Instead, they will be even more determined to gobble up three points when struggling Warrenpoint Town make the journey to The Oval.

The agonising last-gasp 1-0 loss across town was the first time McDermott's team had tasted defeat in six outings in all competitions.

The boss stresses they'll not be seeking a sympathy vote.

"We analysed the game 24 hours later and then put it to bed on Monday - the preparation then began for the next game," said McDermott.

"I've been asked if it will be difficult to prepare for Warrenpoint and my answer is a definite no - we prepare for every game the same way.

"We put last week to bed on Monday. The same amount of preparation goes into our week leading up to a game."

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The east Belfast men will certainly be big favourites against a side that props up the rest of the Danske Bank Premiership table, having failed to take a single point from their opening six starts.

"We have a mindset at the club, we don't get the big highs in victory or the lows in defeat," added McDermott.

"Whether it's Ballymena United or Linfield, Warrenpoint Town or Institute, the same amount of preparation goes into it. Every team is given the same respect.

"If we maintain that strategy, the boys should show up on the day.

"I'm sure our supporters will be back at The Oval on Saturday to give us their backing against Warrenpoint Town, we just have to keep doing what we can for them."

Beleaguered Town boss Stephen McDonnell, meanwhile, has belief that one result will transform his club's campaign just as it did last season.

Back then, the Milltown men lost their opening six league games before defeating Cliftonville. After that, they excelled and moved away from relegation trouble and reached the Irish Cup semi-finals.

This time around they have lost their first six league matches and tomorrow face the difficult task of travelling to rejuvenated Glentoran.

It's worth pointing out, though, despite their poor start McDonnell's side are not cut adrift at the bottom. They are only one point behind Institute, four adrift of Glenavon and six behind Carrick Rangers.

"A lot of things are going against us but we have to dust ourselves down, roll up the sleeves and get ready for the next game and hopefully get that one result. I firmly believe if we get that one result it will change the whole dynamic of the group and the mindset," said McDonnell.

"We play the Glens at The Oval which is going to be a monumental task but we've shown we can get out of these situations.

"The players really, really need to find something from within. There looks like a lot of confused players out there when things are clear at training on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. We'll get to the bottom of it and I have belief we can still have a good season.

"Against Carrick we were outmanned, outmuscled and outplayed at times. It might give the players a wallop of reality that we are in a dogfight.

"Things have to start switching for the players in their heads and we have to come back after that because that's a relegation rival and we lost 3-0. I'm confident we can turn things around."

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