Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson believes you ‘young guns’ must come of age - and quickly.
The East Belfast side were fortunate to leave Seaview with their pride still intact at the weekend, losing only 1-0, after being outplayed for much of the game.
on Tuesday night they face another massive challenge in the form of much-improved Portadown
Ronnie McFall’s boys are back on Danske Premier League track, following positive results against Crusaders and Coleraine. They will be travelling to Mersey Street with only one thing on their agenda: three points.
“These are the type of games that guys have got to learn from,” said Patterson.
“We made mistakes against Crusaders, similar to the ones we made the previous week at Ballinamallard. We keep conceding silly free kicks in dangerous areas and we are being punished every time.
“They have to start taking things on board. It was a harsh lesson for us. We started well, but for whatever reason, we stopped knocking the ball about and stopped playing football. We were sucked right into Crusaders’ type of game”
Patterson is sweating on the fitness of defensive duo, Niall Henderson and Willie Garrett, while goalkeeper Elliott Morris and his back-up Chris Keenan remain out.
Portadown will be without defender Keith O’Hara, who must sit out an automatic one game ban following his dismissal at Coleraine on Friday.
Meanwhile, Glentoran midfielder Mark Clarke has gone on loan to Knockbreda.
The former Cliftonville man has agree a deal that will keep him with the Championship One club until January.