Belfast Telegraph

We should've sunk Institute, insists Allen

Institute 1-1 Glentoran

By Colin Speer

Glentoran striker Curtis Allen was delighted to be back amongst the goals at Institute on Saturday.

The former Linfield and Coleraine ace found space inside a crowded penalty box to scramble home an 85th minute equaliser and deny 10-man Stute – who had seen defender Mark Scoltock dismissed following an altercation with Calum Birney – the victory Thomas McBride's strike looked close to earning.

"Obviously I was relived that we got the goal," said Allen.

"I thought we might have nicked one near the end when Willie (Garrett) hit the bar, but it wasn't to be.

"In the first half we played well and I had a good chance to score but didn't take the greatest touch and I lost it.

"I think that display was similar to our last few games, where we play well and conceded a sloppy goal and because of that it just makes it hard for ourselves and it's something we need to rectify, because we are playing well and once again we are sitting in a changing room after the game devastated as we have only drawn the game."

Despite that, Allen was quick to remark that no one will find it easy at the Riverside Stadium this season.

"I don't think too many teams will come up to Stute and walk away unhappy with a draw," he added.

"Institute play good football and they are a good team. The big boy (Stephen O'Flynn) up front is a handful, but we are disappointed, however at the same time it's a point.

"We conceded with the last kick of the game at Ballymena, we also conceded in the last minute against Ballinamallard and that's the difference of another four points on the board and that fairly puts you up the table. It's something that we have looked at and it's something we need to rectify, because if you can grind out wins instead of draws it fairly puts you up the league and the league is tight this season.

"I think it's only five points separating the top seven teams, so we need to rectify the games that we are drawing and rectify it quickly."

Institute gaffer Paul Kee was first to hold his hands up and admit the visitors deserved a share of the spoils.

"In fairness they had laid siege on our goal after the sending off and even before that they were trying to be brave in their forward momentum.

"They threw three up for a lot of the game and they kept them up there, but I didn't think their creativity was very good as they were just launching it and I thought we were capable of dealing with that.

"Unfortunately, at the end, the boys and in particular Paddy (McLaughlin) the captain wasn't happy that we allowed Curtis Allen so much space inside our box."

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