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Knowles hoping Glens' fortunes change for the better at Carrick


By Billy Weir

While most teams would be rubbing their hands at the thoughts of facing struggling Carrick Rangers, Glentoran would certainly not be one of them.

Today's trip to the Loughshore Hotel Arena will be the sides' fourth meeting of the season and the Glens have yet to taste victory, drawing twice already in the Danske Bank Premiership and Carrick winning at the Oval in the BetMcLean League Cup.

Carrick, who boosted their firepower this week with the arrival of the much-travelled Darren Henderson, have been busy in the transfer window with six new arrivals as they look to break a wretched run of form that has seen them fail to notch up a win in 15 outings.

Glens' midfielder James Knowles is certainly taking nothing for granted for the short trip to east Antrim for the men from the east.

"We played them a few weeks ago and we did okay and Carrick played quite well and got a late equaliser," he said.

"It's obviously going to be tough, Linfield went down there last week and they won late on.

"We haven't beaten them this season and hopefully we can turn that around and get a wee bit of a run going."

After their own stop-start season hopes were high that after the Boxing Day win over Linfield that things would improve as the Glens look to cement a place in the top six, but draws at Dungannon and Ballinamallard stopped that momentum.

Knowles' late strike at Ferney Park last weekend rescued a point against Ballinamallard and he hopes that a regular run of games will see him adding to that tally.

"I was out suspended and the team was doing well and I struggled to get back, but now that I am back I hope to stay there," he added.

"I came back in on Boxing Day and I've been in ever since and on Saturday got an assist and a goal. I need to do more of that because I expect it of myself.

"After the injury I had last year, hopefully I'm getting back to where I was."

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