Crusaders Chris Morrow described this match as “a classic game of two halves.”
“The second half is what we are about” continued Chris.
“Clean sheet. Three points. Job done. Now it’s time to focus on next week”.
The game could yet prove to be a watershed moment for the Crues.
Notoriously slow starters they have now sent out a message that after a very mixed start they are firing on all cylinders again.
Manager Stephen Baxter, though delighted with the win, felt that his side have performed better this season.
“The irony about this game is that we had played consistently well in our opening five games without always getting the result we deserved,” explained the man the fans call ‘Big Stanley’.
“I also feel that it is far, far too early to be even looking at the league table”.
“You want to be in the Top Six and not too far off the pace after Christmas and take it from there”.
Wise words from a man who has seen it all before.
However he admitted he had given his side a severe reprimand at the break after Glentoran had dominated the first half and missed a few chances.
“That has been a problem for us this season” admitted Glens boss Eddie Patterson.
“We had three great chances in the first half and a penalty claim denied that was identical to the one that was given”.
“It is my opinion that would have changed the course of the game.
“I thought we did well in patches but we have got to take our chances.”