GARY Hamilton hopes Glenavon’s midweek heroics against Glentoran can be the catalyst to their Premiership revival.
The Lurgan Blues defied the odds to record a 2-1 victory over the Glens to progress to the semi-finals of the IRN-BRU League Cup.
It was a significant shot in the arm for the beleaguered Mourneview Park men whose season has been blighted by poor results.
After 14 games Glenavon sit third bottom in the Danske Bank Premiership.
A relegation dogfight is looming, not least on Saturday when fellow strugglers Donegal Celtic – who sit three points below – come to Lurgan.
But Hamilton hopes their cup success can galvanise his players as they look to get their league campaign back on track.
“I am confident we can start climbing the table,” he said.
“The Glentoran win was a big confidence booster.
“We have had players missing, and we don’t have a big enough squad to cope with a number of injuries and suspensions.
But if we can get a few boys back then I believe we start moving in the right direction.”
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