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Effort is there, now Town need to show more quality: Gray

By Steven Beacom

Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray is hoping to catch Glentoran cold at Milltown this afternoon.

The Glens are on a roll having won four games in a row, though the fact that they lost three matches in succession prior to that offers Gray belief.

Having taken over from Stephen McDonnell, Gray was pleased by the endeavour of his team as they went down 1-0 at Carrick Rangers last weekend.

Against the Glens he wants the same effort with more quality thrown in as Town attempt to earn only their second league success of the season.

Bottom-of-the-table Warrenpoint are three points adrift of Institute.

On his return to manage the club for a second time, Gray made no bones about his plan - to catch the side above them and land a play-off place.

November fixtures versus Cliftonville, Coleraine, Crusaders, Ballymena United and starting with Glentoran means that idea may take a little time.

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"Every game for us right now is tough. Glentoran are a team on the rise and are working hard to put themselves up there this season," said Gray.

"They have been hot and cold this season and we are hoping they have a cold day and we have a better day than we had against Carrick.

"I couldn't fault the effort from the boys and we were minutes away from the first clean sheet of the season but I'd like to see us show more quality on the ball.

"We didn't have any time to prepare for the game against Carrick.

"That's why it is good to have a home game with a full week to get ready for it.

"What is important is we can't let heads drop.

"We have a tough run of fixtures but we have to find a way to deliver a formula that works for this group of players."

On catching Institute, who have improved since new boss Sean Connor was appointed, Gray added: "Institute are weeks ahead of us with their new appointment but we are only three points behind them.

"We are in there fighting and if we can pick up something against Glentoran it will give us a big boost."

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