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I'm working harder than anyone to turn Glentoran's form around, vows boss Gary Haveron

By Gareth Hanna

Glentoran manager Gary Haveron has promised frustrated fans that he and his staff are working harder than anyone to turn around the club's dip in form.

Haveron cut a frustrated figure after seeing his side beaten 2-0 at home on Saturday afternoon.

It was the first time the Glens have been beaten in the league by a team in the bottom six this season but a section of the supporters made their feelings perfectly clear at full-time.

The Glens have picked up just four points from their last five league outings and Haveron says he and his staff are doing everything possible to improve that statistic.

“This is probably the lowest point since we’ve taken over,” he said. "The fans are not happy, I’m not happy, but we all have to stick together.

“There have been a few disgruntled fans here since the day and hour we (his backroom staff) came to the club, but I accept I’m not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.

“They made their feelings perfectly clear. But I defy anyone to tell me who’ll come to this club and work harder than we do on the budget we have.

“We are working as hard as we can to get the very best out of the players. You come and watch us train and see how hard we work, and the work we do off the pitch. We're doing everything we possibly can."

Haveron also pointed to injured players John McGuigan, Nathan Kerr, Calum Birney and Ross Redman as a source of frustration and challenged the rest of the squad to step up to the mark.

"The players in the dressing room have to take a certain amount of responsibility," he said.

"I've given every single player in that dressing room an opportunity to impress but people haven't always taking the opportunity and that's disappointing.

"How do you legislate for individual mistakes? I go back to the Glenavon game here and we gave away a penalty with an individual mistake then today it's an individual mistake.

"Today we've dominated a lot of the play and we've gone to sleep from a set-piece and a sloppy pass out from the back has cost us the game.

"It swings on us not taking our chances. We had plenty of them."

And Haveron warned his current crop that additions to the squad will be a top priority come the January transfer window.

"The boys have got to stick together, fight and show how much they want to be at this club. January's coming quickly and we've got to strengthen the team but we've known that since we took over," he said.

"We needed to strengthen in all kinds of areas. We tried to strengthen with what we could do in the summer but unfortunately those big players that we signed are not fit currently.

"If we can get them back we become a different team and if we can strengthen in January, things can turn around very quickly."

That's providing Haveron and his staff are afforded long enough in their positions to make those transfer window changes.

"That's up to the board," he acknowledged. "The fans aren't happy but I'm equally as unhappy as they are. I don't want to play football that doesn't result in wins. We all have to take responsibility, stick together and come out fighting."

Glentoran travel to take on Crusaders at Seaview next Saturday.

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