Glentoran boss still 'not satisfied' despite long unbeaten run continuing with victory over Dungannon
Dungannon Swifts 0 Glentoran 2
Mick McDermott said he is still not satisfied despite Glentoran making it 13 games unbeaten in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The Glens opened the new year as they finished the old - with a two-goal victory.
On Saturday they left it late to beat Ballymena, here it was more comfortable, with Willie Garrett and Elvio van Overbeek on target.
It keeps Glentoran within three points of leaders Cliftonville.
They are 23 points better off than at the same stage last year, and one win from bettering their entire points total from last term.
However, McDermott said they cannot afford to be satisfied with their achievements so far.
“The performances lately have been good, I’m happy with the clean sheets as well, but to be honest the performances even early in the season were good,” he said.
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“It’s nice that they are consistently turning into results now for us.
“Overall I am happy with where we are at, but not satisfied. We have to keep driving forward.”
The Swifts, weakened by injuries and suspensions, almost took the lead through Dylan King’s looping header, but Patrick McClean cleared off the line.
But Garrett’s goal in the 23rd minute saw the Glens seize control. He rose unchallenged to meet a corner from Hrvoje Plum, heading in from six yards.
Michael Carvill could have levelled in the second half, but shot over after being set up by Ryan Waide.
Glentoran doubled their lead in the 54th minute.
After Dungannon failed to clear a cross, Navid Nasseri delivered to the back post, where van Overbeek headed in.
The Glens finished strongly with Robbie McDaid denied by goalkeeper Conner Byrne and sub Jonny Frazer hitting the post.
McDermott added: “We knew we had to come here with a workmanlike performance, we knew it wouldn’t be pretty at times.
“We knew we would have to grind it out at times, but a bit of quality showed and we got the goals.”
With the January transfer window open, McDermott is not ruling out bolstering their surprise title challenge with new signings.
He added: “We’ve got a big squad as it is - we’ve got a quality squad.
“We’ve brought in Ciaran O’Connor and Keith Cowan, but are we still looking? Yes.
“We are actively looking. If good players become available in this league or another league, then we want to be in the market for them.”
Dungannon remain five points above the drop zone after a third straight defeat.
However, boss Kris Lindsay felt encouraged by their efforts.
“Although we got beaten today, I think there are positives we can take from the game,” he said.
“I asked the boys to make sure Glentoran knew they were in a game and to compete first and foremost, and I think we did that for large spells.
“There was no shortage of effort and commitment today.”
DUNGANNON: Byrne, Coyle, Byers (McGuinness, 60), King, Teggart, Fitzpatrick (Devlin, 82), Lowe, Smyth, Gallagher, Carvill (Patton, 77), Waide
Subs not used: Campbell, Convie, McGee, Conway
GLENTORAN: Antolovic, Pepper, Peers, Garrett, McClean, Plum, Gallagher, Crowe, Nasseri (Frazer 75), van Overbeek, McDaid (Duric 88)
Subs not used: Morris, Birney, Herron, Murray, Gordon
Referee: Andrew Davey (Bangor)
MOTM: Elvio van Overbeek
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