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Glentoran must fly Sky high to get back on track: Allen

By Alex Mills

Striker Curtis Allen believes victory over Ballymena United on Monday night at the Oval would help light the touch paper to spark Glentoran's season.

Following an impressive start to their league campaign, Gary Haveron's boys have been slowly sliding down the table.

They not only have lost five of their last seven fixtures in all competitions, but their early exuberance and enthusiasm appears to have deserted them of late.

When David Jeffrey brings his boys to east Belfast on Monday, the Glens will again go under the glare of live Sky Sports television cameras.

Allen reckons they have a point to prove following last appearance on the big screen when they were ruthlessly dismantled by Crusaders.

He said: "That wasn't a good night. The Crues were outstanding but we probably played into their hands.

"We set up wrongly and the boss (Gary Haveron) was first to admit that. We were on a nice little run and thought we could go toe-to-toe with them.

"So we have a point to prove. We want to go out and put on a show, but the main thing is getting the three points."

Gary Haveron's troops have slipped to sixth in the table, but they still hold a seven-point cushion over chasing Ballymena United.

"Some of the performances haven't been that bad, we've been blowing hot and cold," he added.

"Glentoran need to be in the top six and that's what we are aiming for, so it's important to get three points from this game. It would also be a big confidence booster.

"Everyone is working hard to get things right, everyone is pulling in the same direction."

It's only a fortnight ago since the team's last met, but it was the Sky Blues who claimed a narrow 1-0 Shield victory on that occasion.

"I thought we deserved something more, but that's now gone," added Allen.

"It's important we put a little run together. There are no easy games in this league, we have to start putting points on the board.

"Fair play to our supporters, they have stuck with us. I think they see what the gaffer is trying to do. It will take time, make no mistake about that."

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