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No joy of six for Mick as Glens boss calls for more

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Treble joy: Robbie McDaid hit a hat-trick against Dungannon Swifts
Treble joy: Robbie McDaid hit a hat-trick against Dungannon Swifts

By Alex Mills

Glentoran boss Mick McDermott brought his boys back down to earth after their thumping win over Dungannon Swifts at the Oval by claiming he wasn't entirely happy with the performance.

The east Belfast side were simply too hot to handle for Kris Lindsay's side, who find themselves now dragged into a relegation fight as they have dropped to 10th place in the Danske Bank Premiership table, following their eighth successive defeat.

Robbie McDaid hit his first hat-trick of the season, with Paul O'Neill helping himself to a glorious double.

But even they were upstaged by another Hrvoje Plum wonder strike.

His 35-yard free kick zoomed into the top corner, much to the delight of the Glentoran faithful - the Croatian is building quite a portfolio of spectacular goals.

Young Ben Gallagher provided Dungannon with their only moment of relief when he got the better of Marijan Antolovic with a neat short on the turn, but that was as good as it got for a Swifts team that were totally out-fought and out-thought on the day.

Although it was all high-fives and back slaps at the finish, McDermott believes there is room for improvement.

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"It's not my job to be content. I always want more in terms of performance," said hard to please McDermott. "I wasn't happy with the 90-minute performance, even though there were some great moments.

"Any time you score that amount of goals in a match is a positive thing. Yes, I was happy with the result, happy with the early goals and the quality of the goals which came from different areas of the pitch, but there was still a lot of things to work on.

"I certainly wasn't happy with the goal we conceded, it was a poor one to give away and it gave them a bit of belief.

"We regrouped in the second half before we finally killed them off. Even after a result like this, you could see some of the players in the dressing room were not content because they are competitors and want to do better."

And, in a similar theme, although McDermott saluted McDaid for his hat-trick - he insists the striker could have had more goals.

"That was probably one of Robbie's better games," he countered. "He did well in the midweek game against Cliftonville playing in the wide areas.

"But we know he is better through the middle. I was happy for Robbie getting the three goals - but he could have had more. Paul (O'Neill) also has the knack of popping up with important goals. But he still has a lot of things to work on. He knows that, and we know that.

"He's only 19, so it's nice to have a kid like that putting in the effort and getting his rewards for it."

On Plum's wonder strike, McDermott added: "It's been a while since Hrvoje's last goal. I can't remember his last one, so he was due to come good.

"He has got that in his locker. He works hard on his set-pieces, so it was nice to see one come off for him."

McDermott is already focusing on next week's game against Cliftonville at Solitude - the start of a hectic run of fixtures leading into the Christmas campaign.

"Next up we've got to go back to Solitude, we've then got Coleraine, Crusaders, Linfield and Carrick Rangers," he added.

"There are no easy games in this league - they are all massive matches.

"I've just told the boys in the dressing room to enjoy this result but I let them know I'm never satisfied with the performance. My job at the club is to see what's coming further down the line.

"We can't afford to sit back and pat ourselves on the back after a result like this, we need to keep our feet on the ground and look at our next challenge.

"The players have been outstanding and their commitment to this project has been great.

"But we will need to really dig deep over the next few weeks to take us up to the Christmas period."

Dungannon Swifts Kris Lindsay didn't hang around to fulfill his post-match duties.

On the evidence of this performance relegation is more of a probability rather than a possibility.

GLENTORAN: Antolovic, Kane, Peers, Gallagher, McDaid, McClean, Pepper (Garrett 81), Nasseri (Crowe 77), O'Neill, Plum, Overbeek (Frazer 63).

Unused subs: Morris, Herron, Stewart, Duric.

DUNGANNON SWIFTS: Addis, Wilson, King, Smyth (Patton 71), Teggart, Lowe, Carvill, McGuinness, Coyle, Gallagher (Strain 77), Campbell (Brennan 69).

Unused subs: Byrne, Byers, Taylor, Harwood.

Referee: Steven Gregg.

Man of the match: Robbie McDaid.

Match rating: 7/10.

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