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Unhappy Glentoran boss Haveron hits out at costly errors after latest loss

Cliftonville 1 Glentoran 0

By Conor McLaughlin

Gary Haveron is sick of searching for the positives from Glentoran defeats and has called on his players to address their form.

Saturday's narrow loss to Cliftonville was the Glens' third consecutive Danske Bank Premiership loss without scoring a goal and was enough to nudge the east Belfast side into the bottom half of the table.

Though their performance was decent at times and they were delighted to welcome Willie Garrett back following two years out injured - coincidentally back at the same ground he sustained his initial cruciate ligament damage - the Glens offered very little after falling behind to Levi Ives' 68th minute blast.

The goal came when substitute James Ferrin, only just introduced for a punctured Garrett, conceded possession down the visitors' right and Ives teamed up with Jay Donnelly before finding the net.

"Another individual mistake has cost us and that's been the story an awful lot this season," said Haveron.

"There wasn't much in the game and I don't think either goalkeeper has had much to do, but we've given Cliftonville one chance to get numbers forward and get at us and they've taken it.

"I don't think we've deserved to lose and a draw's the very least we should have been coming away with, but it was the same against Crusaders at Seaview a fortnight ago. It's a results business and it's the score that matters so, yes, there are positives to take from performances but it's hard to do that when you're not getting the results.

"We went down to Warrenpoint a few weeks ago and didn't play well at all but we managed to win the game and, to be honest, that's what we need to start doing - we need to start finding wins however they come about. You'd obviously rather do it by playing well but, at this moment in time and after dropping into the bottom six, we need to build on recent performances but make sure they turn into wins."

Opposite number Barry Gray, meanwhile, reflected: "I think everybody should be happy with what they did - including the subs. They came on and gave us a real lift that drove us towards the win.

"Stevie Garrett really energised us and was a big factor in getting us further up the pitch, then Daniel (Hughes) has come on and worked them really hard. We weren't just sitting in the 1-0 lead and trying to defend it, Daniel played a role in making sure we kept at it - and that's what you need, players who are ready to come on and be a positive influence."

Cliftonville: Neeson, McGovern, Ives, Breen, Harney (Garrett, 52 mins), Curran, Bagnall, Gormley (Hughes, 70 mins), J Donnelly, Cosgrove, R Donnelly. Unused subs: Dunne, Winchester, Lavery.

Glentoran: Morris, Garrett (Ferrin, 66 mins), Kane, Birney, Addis, Foley (McDaid, 73 mins), Kelly (Gordon, 69 mins), Allen, Davidson, Nelson, McCawl. Unused subs: Knowles, Smith.

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown)

Man of the match: Levi Ives

Match rating: 6/10

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