Belfast Telegraph

Wright asks Lisburn Distillery for another big performance

By David Hunter

It may be a new year but it’s a bleak and uncertain time in the bleak mid-winter for Lisburn Distillery at present.

Today though attention can turn from financial problems to football as the Whites, bottom of the Carling Premiership, take on champions Glentoran at The Oval.

Back in the relatively balmy days of October, just over a week into Whites’ boss Tommy Wright’s tenure, Glentoran striker Michael Halliday popped up to head home the winner late in added time at The Oval.

It was a bitter pill for the visitors to swallow but Wright knows, despite putting four wins on the board since then, that’s it another big game for his players.

“It is a big ask” he said. “We thought we were hard done-by the last time we were at The Oval. We put in a really good performance only to concede a goal four minutes into injury time, so it is going to take that type of performance again (to get something).

“We are going to have to be really solid in defence and create a few more opportunities at The Oval than the last time we were there.”

The Whites go into the game without the suspended Andy Kilmartin and Philip Simpson is injured.

Despite the financial crisis at the club and the loss of games due to the bad weather, Wright is focusing on the club’s league predicament.

“I think it (the financial situation) has gelled the players together even more; there has been a good spirit, we have trained three times this week which is a credit to them” said Wright.

“The players deep down know that there are people working hard to resolve the issues we have at the club and now we will be glad to get back playing and that is all we can concentrate on. Enough has been said about the position the club is in and now we just want to get back to playing and get some results to get us away from the poor position we are in.

“We know there is a busy month coming up but we just have to get on with it and deal with it as best we can.”

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