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Glentoran owe club's supporters, says Player of the Month Curtis Allen


Prize guy: Curtis Allen receives his Player of the Month award for February
Prize guy: Curtis Allen receives his Player of the Month award for February

By Alex Mills

Curtis Allen believes Glentoran owe their long-suffering fans a big finale to the season.

Although the east-Belfast men have flattered to deceive, there appears to be a little chink of light at the end of the tunnel after Ronnie McFall replaced the axed Gary Haveron on an interim basis.

The Glens are unbeaten in two matches since the 70-year-old returned to the game after a two-year absence, but their ambitions to end the campaign in a blaze of glory will be scrutinised over the next four days as they visit Mourneview Park for a crucial league game against Glenavon tomorrow, before travelling to Coleraine on Tuesday for a make-or-break Irish Cup quarter-final.

Striker Allen, who has been named the February BetMcLean Player of the Month after bagging a staggering nine goals over that period, reckons the Glens are now in a better place.

"We still have a lot to play for," he said. "It's vital we stay in the top six because it's important we are in the mix for the European play-offs at the end of the season.

"We still have the big Irish Cup tie looming, so there is still a lot at stake.

"There is no question there has been a lot of doom and gloom. Some of the performances haven't been good enough. At the same time, we are in a transitional period. It's a young group of players, so we are going to have inconsistent results.

"The fans have stuck with us and we want them to get behind us. We have got good results at Mourneview Park over the last few years. We'll be going there fresh and full of confidence."

Allen's one big regret is that the Glens' recent surge in form came too late to save Haveron.

"The players have to stand up," he added. "I feel the players let Gary down at times. There was always a big performance in us, but unfortunately we couldn't produce it for Gary.

"The players owe it to themselves and the fans to put in a big finish to the league and cup."

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