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Players need to stand up and be counted, warns Glentoran boss

 

Point made: Mick McDermott wants more from his players
Point made: Mick McDermott wants more from his players

By Steven Beacom

Glentoran manager Mick McDermott will look for a reaction from his players at Ballymena United today after faltering away to Dungannon Swifts last weekend.

The Glens started the season full of hope and after draws against Glenavon and Coleraine fancied their chances of earning their first league win at Stangmore Park only to end up on the wrong side of a 3-1 defeat.

McDermott had strong words post match stating he felt his side had been "bullied", adding that was "unacceptable".

In contrast United boss David Jeffrey was full of praise for how his players performed in a 4-2 success away to Larne on the same afternoon.

Defender Jonny Addis scored from his own half and Cathair Friel and Jude Winchester also netted memorable strikes in a fantastic win for last season's runners-up. At Inver Park it was as if the Ballymena players were having their own goal of the season contest.

With his Linfield history, taking on the Glens is always a special occasion for Jeffrey.

Conor Pepper returns to the Glentoran squad after suspension.

"We are not asking for a reaction from the players - we're demanding it," said McDermott ahead of the trip to the Showgrounds.

"Ballymena are a good team and are coming off the back of a good win against Larne but there's no reason why we can't go there with a positive frame of mind."

"They're probably expecting to make the top three this season but my expectations are also high so we're going there expecting a good performance and result."

Following his David Beckham-like wonder goal former Glentoran ace Addis is sure to receive quite the reception from the Ballymena fans as United play their first home league match of the season.

"The fact they haven't won means they'll be coming hungry for the three points," Addis told Cool FM's Football show.

"We know we will be in for a tough game."

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