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We have the fight to compete in Premiership, insists Warrenpoint skipper

Warrenpoint Town 2 Glenavon 3

By Gareth McCullough

Warrenpoint Town captain Stephen Moan feels that while it might take time for the new-look side to gel together this season, the 2016-17 Championship title winners have what it takes to more than hold their own in the top flight this time around.

Moan, who has been handed the armband by manager Matthew Tipton following the departure of former skipper Liam Bagnall to Cliftonville, was speaking after his side almost snatched a result at home to Glenavon on Saturday.

Having found themselves 2-0 down after just 21 minutes following a debut double from Glenavon's Mark Griffin, the 'Point came back to level through a brace on his first competitive outing for the club by Darren Murray.

However, their failure to clear their lines once again led to Bobby Burns lashing home the winner for Gary Hamilton's Lurgan Blues 12 minutes from time.

"There has always been fight in Warrenpoint. When you're 2-0 down, you can either roll over and let it be four, five or six, or you can come back at them. We definitely showed that we can come back at teams," said Moan.

"Darren scored two good goals, and he won the penalty himself and that's a positive we can take out of it that your striker has scored twice in his first game. So if we can tidy up at the back then we can definitely push on in this league."

Moan and his men head to Seaview tomorrow night to take on Crusaders and he feels that they have to stay solid if they are to get anything out of the game.

"We're going in as massive underdogs against Crusaders but, at the end of the day, we have to take massive positives from the Glenavon game and bring them into Tuesday night. Crusaders have been league champions before and they are obviously going to be very hard to beat, but if we can frustrate them and keep it solid as much as we can then you never know what can happen," said the 26-year-old defender, who admits that his role at the club has changed since becoming captain.

"I've definitely seen changes. You have to lead on the pitch. There are a lot of young boys here. I'm relatively young myself and you could see on our bench today that there were a few young lads on it so you have to look out for them," he said.

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