Glenavon host Dungannon Swifts tomorrow afternoon following their disappointing exit from the BetMcLean League Cup on Tuesday.
The fixture, their third at home in a row, is a must win for Glenavon as they look to find their second win in 8 games. The Lurgan side will be aiming to bounce back from a poor run of results so far this season.
Speaking to the Glenavon YouTube channel on Tuesday night, Gary Hamilton gave his thoughts on the result, whilst looking ahead to tomorrow’s game.
“I think you have to look at the game and the amount of chances we created against a team that’s flying in the championship. Some of the football that we played, some of the areas that we got into, I thought was was very good. But again, what would you find in these situations is that people’s confidences are down,” said the manager.
He added, “The hardest thing in football to do at any time is to score a goal, but when your confidence is down, and things aren’t going your way, it does become more difficult.
“You can see it clearly from the sidelines, from the amount of clear-cut chances we had tonight, the amount of chances that you would classify as sitters was unbelievable.
“But that’s always down to a lack of confidence and the way things are going at this minute in time. Hopefully they will snap out of it.
“I said to them after the game that there’s no point in being afraid and in playing with fear because, when you look at the world there’s many people in a lot worse situations than us in terms of illness.
“You have to make sure that when you go on the football pitch on a Saturday that, first and foremost, that you give everything, but you go out and you feel lucky.
“I always say that to the players because I’m not in that position now that I can’t play any more. You miss it, you miss that feeling of being able to go out and play on a Saturday and hopefully try and entertain people.
“They have to have to appreciate that more and stop feeling sorry for themselves, stop playing with fear and just get on with it. Hopefully hopefully it’ll start turning.”
Dungannon will be looking for some points too as they currently sit in 11th place with only 3 points, after losing 7 of their eight games so far this season.
Glenavon will start without Haughey, A Doyle, Birney and O’Connor due to injury concerns, but will be boosted by the return of Peter Campbell who will be back in contention following his recent illness.
Match Sponsor: Portadown Foot Clinic, Church St./City of Armagh GSC
Ball Sponsor: Carla Lockhart
Man of the Match: Brownlow House
Referee: Jamie Robinson
Assistant Referees: George Argyropoulos, Rachel Greer
Fourth Official: Tony Clarke