Gary Hamilton blasts sloppy players after Swifts defeat

Glenavon striker Guy Bates shields the ball from Dermot McCaffrey
Glenavon striker Guy Bates shields the ball from Dermot McCaffrey

Dungannon Swifts got what they deserved as they took three points off a Glenavon team whose performance was described as “unacceptable” by Gary Hamilton.

To make matters worse for the home side it was two of their ex-players who came back to haunt them.

Gary Liggett headed Dungannon in front on nine minutes before Ryan Harpur doubled the advantage moments later.

Hamilton berated his team for their below par performance.

“We never started the game. We certainly didn’t finish it, and the better team won,” he blasted.

“Over the 90 minutes we were lucky that there weren’t more goals against us. A fair reflection would have been if they had won by three or four goals.

“It wasn’t good enough and they players have been told that as a group and individually. The only player who took any credit was Guy Bates. From minute one to minute 90 he never stopped, he worked hard and I thought he was our best player.

“Unfortunately none of the rest of the team was on the same wavelength. The rest of us didn’t perform our responsibilities or roles.”

Much more jovial at the final whistle was Swifts boss Darren Murphy.

“In the previous two games we probably played well for an hour and ended up with two draws,” said the Stangmore Park chief.

“I thought that on this occasion we played good football at times and the difference was that we were able to keep a clean sheet.

“I’ve said to the boys after the game that if we keep playing the way we played here then who knows what we could do.

“This is a hard place to come to, Glenavon have some real quality, but what I thought was nice was Gary coming over to me at the end of the game and saying that we deserved to win. That means a lot coming from someone like Gary.”