Gary Hamilton insists his players know they must get a result as they return to Danske Bank Premiership action this evening.

Warrenpoint Town are the visitors to Mourneview Park, with the game this evening being screened on the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website (7.30pm kick off).

A place in the European play-offs remains the prize in front of the Lurgan Blues, although they have Ballymena United hot on their heels.

Glenavon will be without Colin Coates, for whom a hamstring injury picked up in training means he is likely to miss the rest of the season.

Michael O’Connor will also be missing as he awaits the outcome of a scan which took place on Tuesday.

The gaffer reported: “Other than that we have everyone back, although the likes of Calum Birney and Lee McNulty haven’t played a game in months so they’ll not be able to play but they’ll be involved in the squad.”

The last time the two teams met back in April it was the proverbial game of two halves, as Gary recalled.

He said, “We played them a few weeks ago and had a really difficult game – we had a really good first half but in the second half they battered us and we were left hanging on in the end.

“Since Warrenpoint came into the league we have very rarely had an easy game against them.”

The Glenavon manager said his squad know what’s at stake.

“We have three games to go to get a shot at European football. We have to win our games and put ourselves in that position,” he said.

“It’s up to them when they cross that white line tonight – if they want a shot at European football then they need three results, that’s the long and the short of it.

“We can’t rely on other results, we have to look after our own business. It’s not going to be easy but the boys have got something to aim for in front of them.”


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LAST TIME OUT: GLenavon had to hold on to get all of the points in a 4-3 win at Milltown.

Three goals from Danny Purkis and the opening strike of the game from Matthew Fitzpatrick had the Lurgan Blues 4-1 up at half time.

Two quickfire goals from Barry Gray’s men at the start of the second period made it a nervy second half for the visitors, but Glenavon did enough to get the result.