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Glentoran still have work to do, says Eddie Patterson

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson

Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson admits the Oval club still have “a lot of work to do” in the second half of the season.

The Glens go into the New Year sitting in fifth spot in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Boxing Day’s derby defeat to Linfield has left the east Belfast club 13 points off the Blues - who sit top of the table.

Patterson is hoping to bolster his attacking options during the transfer window, with Curtis Allen and Kevin Braniff on Glentoran’s radar.

Reflecting on the opening 22 games of the Premiership season, the Glens boss said: “We are fifth going into the New Year, and we have a lot of work to do.

“We have played well in parts, and not so good in other areas.

“I think our main priority is a centre forward who will score goals for us. There is no point playing all this nice football if we can’t convert it to goals.

“We are pleasing on the eye, but we need to finish it off. So that will be a priority in the New Year. Curtis Allen and Kevin Braniff are targets, but it all depends on finances - they will dictate what we get.”

Next up for Glentoran is the New Year’s Day trip to Stangmore Park to face Dungannon Swifts.

“It is another tough test for us. Dungannon have done well this season,” Patterson added.

“We have to try and get back on track after Boxing Day. It was a disappointing defeat where we fell asleep for 15 minutes of the second half.

“Our squad is very thin on the ground. We have lost Jimmy Callacher and Ryan O’Neill, and we have David Howland and Calum Birney out long-term.”

 

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