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Mick McDermott looking for squad balance as Glentoran bid to build on first win

Looking up: Mick McDermott wants his boys to push on
Looking up: Mick McDermott wants his boys to push on

By Billy Weir

Mick McDermott will hope that wins are just like buses and, after waiting for his first success as Glentoran manager, that another is just around the corner.

Saturday's come-from-behind triumph at Ballymena helped ease a little of the pressure on the club where a crisis is seemingly never that far away.

McDermott, whose side entertain Ballyclare Comrades tonight in the BetMcLean League Cup, hopes that Robbie McDaid's double can be the springboard for the season.

"We were trying to get that first win and it was nice to come to Ballymena and get it," he admitted.

"I didn't tell them before it, but it was crucial we got a result, it was that big.

"I've been around a bit to know that win, lose or draw you have to go about your job the following week the same way.

"We examine wins, losses and draws exactly the same. We get the video, we'll go through it bit by bit, and if you do that you never get too high or too low.

"It's the fans that are striving for that first win. For us, it's a process. We go about it the same way, train on Monday, a game on Tuesday and a game next Monday."

Substitutes Jonny Frazer and flying Dutchman Elvio van Overbeek put the Glens back on course when introduced on Saturday and, like the ever-growing and ever-evolving squad at The Oval, will be itching for more action.

"We have a cup game on Tuesday and a league match next Monday and we have 23 or 24 players who can all play," explained McDermott.

"You saw on Saturday, Jonny Frazer, who hasn't played, he came in and brought something to the game. Elvio's played a limited time and came in, Calum Birney came in and was excellent.

"So we know that this is a 40 or 50 game season and last season Glentoran were light in terms of squad. We had a good 12 or 13 but when you start picking up injuries you suffer.

"Our priority is to build a competitive squad and that means competing with each other, and we do that every day in training. A competitive squad turns into a competitive group on the pitch, no matter who plays.

"It's also about building our rhythm now and you can't make wholesale changes just because you want to give someone some minutes. We make decisions on the next game based on, 'We want a performance', and if we need to change a few, we will. If we don't, we won't, so it is finding that balance."

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