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Glentoran hoping for change in fortune

David Howland has admitted that he is taking little pleasure in the plaudits that he has been receiving, while Glentoran continue to fail to pick up victories.

The Glens have won just one league game since the turn of the year and despite being hailed for his performances in the middle of the park, Howland, who scored his first goal for the club in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Glenavon, would much prefer to see the team receiving praise for picking up points.

“It’s not about individuals, at the minute we are not winning games and if you are not winning games, no matter how well you are playing personally it certainly does take the gloss off it,” he said ahead of tonight’s Carling premiership clash with Dungannon Swifts at the Oval.

“We are creating plenty of chances, but we just aren’t putting them away. Our squad is small so we are all having to put a shift in week in, week out.

“We have another tough game against Dungannon now and hopefully it will turn for us, but at the minute we are just not getting results.”

Howland, last week — along with Jimmy Callacher — signed a new contract at the Oval that will keep him at the Glens at least until the end of the 2013-14 season.

It was a smart piece of business by boss Scott Young to tie up the midfielder on a longer term deal, Howland having initially joined until the end of this campaign when he returned to Northern Ireland after spells at Birmingham City and Port Vale.

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“I’m looking forward to the rest of this season and the seasons after that and hopefully I can get Glentoran back to where it belongs,” added the 24 year old Ballynahinch man.


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