Little Jordan Stewart returns to the Glentoran side for Saturday’s showdown with Warrenpoint Town, which is a relief to manager Eddie Patterson, WRITES ALEX MILLS.
The 18-year-old had to sit out Monday’s defeat by Portadown in front of Sky Sports television cameras -- and he was badly missed.
“Without a doubt, he gives us a spark,” said Patterson.
“He does things that other players won’t try. With the amount of possession we had in the first half against Portadown, he could have made the difference.
“Jordan comes back into the squad after serving a one game ban. It means there will be a bit of competition for places.”
After surrendering an eight game unbeaten run, Patterson declared it is crucial his boys get back on track.
“Warrenpoint will be no push over, there is no question about that,” he added.
“I’ve told the boys to get their heads right. It’s important we hold on to the coat tails of the teams above us – we are two points behind Cliftonville and six behind the leaders, Crusaders.
“We are not that far off – and, as I keep saying, we are a work in progress.
“We are young side, naive and inexperienced. So Warrenpoint will be a big test of character.
“I was disappointed with the display against Portadown. It was alien to us the way we played in the second half.”