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New boys quick to adopt McDermott's mantra as Glentoran go top



Keith Cowan celebrates his debut goal

Keith Cowan celebrates his debut goal

Keith Cowan celebrates his debut goal

It hasn't taken long for Glentoran's new signings to get with the programme.

The east Belfast side are top of the table and unbeaten in 15 league games, winning 12 of that run.

Nonetheless, Mick McDermott has long held firm to his 'one in a row' mantra.

"Our calendar just says 'game' and 'home' or 'away'," the boss explained last week. "What's the point in putting the (opposition) team name? It doesn't matter."

It's that grounded determination that stands out, too, in any interaction with a Glentoran player, even those only in through the door.

"You can't get too far ahead of yourself," said striker Andrew Mitchell, just a day after joining the club and a matter of hours before making his debut. "We've got to perform every single week before thinking about winning anything."

Now recent signing Keith Cowan has added to the chorus of personnel singing the same hymn.

"We're taking it week by week and just putting points on the board," he said, having just scored on his debut to help the Glens to Saturday's 2-0 win at Institute.

"It's a nice place to be at the minute. There are a lot of happy, smiling faces and we're on a good run. Hopefully we keep that going."

Attitude alone, of course, cannot win a title.

But the right mentality combined with an able squad just might.

"With the quality in the squad, it makes training competitive," said Cowan.

"That's only going to raise performances. You know you can't take your foot off the pedal at all. Nothing's guaranteed.

"You have to bide your time and take your chance when it comes. You have to be patient."

The Glens, of course, were top of the league this time last week. However, there was a definite temporal nature to that visit, with Linfield or Cliftonville certain to have resumed top spot two days later.

After Saturday's win, coupled with the Reds and the Blues both slipping up, this time the Glens could be there to remain a little longer.

"It's a nice feeling," admitted Cowan. "It's maybe not one that I've had before but it's great."

After Saturday's strike, the 34 defender has already got half the number of league goals he managed for Finn Harps last season.

"It was nice to get on the score-sheet," he said. "I don't think Glentoran were signing me for my goal-scoring attributes but the most important thing was getting the three points and pushing on at the right end of the league.

"Hrvoje (Plum)'s pretty decent on the free-kicks and I knew if anything was going to break, it was going to be in that area so I took a chance and luckily it paid off."

Now the wait is on to see how handsomely Glentoran will be rewarded for their efforts come the end of the season.

Thirteen games to go. One at a time.

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