GARY Hamilton is hoping to turn Glenavon into ‘the entertainers’ this season.
The Lurgan Blues have slowly moulded themselves into a side full of guile and attacking finesse since Hamilton’s arrival.
The attractive brand of football on show has been easy on the eye for the club’s fans, and it has started to transform into results and points.
Successive wins against Crusaders and Lisburn Distillery bear testimony to that, while last week’s 3-2 defeat to Linfield could have easily been another success story.
Hamilton is hoping his players can continue producing flair football in the weeks ahead, starting with tonight’s trip to Ferney Park to face Ballinamallard United.
“Hopefully we are entertaining the fans who pay hard-earned money to watch us. At the end of the day we try to produce good football and results,” Hamilton said.
“I think we have been doing that in recent games. We have entertained and picked up some decent points.
“I think this is the best Glenavon squad since the club finished second in the league and qualified for Europe in 2001.
“The main thing is winning football matches, and if we have to do that with ugly 1-0 wins then so be it.
“But if I had a choice then I would rather put on a show for the fans.”
Glenavon sit five points behind fourth-placed Ballinamallard who continue to impress on their Premiership bow.
Hamilton believes tonight’s rivals deserve praise for their seamless transition into top-flight football.
“Whitey (Anderson) and his players have done remarkably well. This is a tough league and they have stepped up to the plate,” Hamilton added.
“They have also beaten teams like Portadown and Cliftonville which is no easy feat.
“It proves they fear nobody and they are up for the fight. They are also at home on Friday night and their home fans will be looking for their decent start to continue.
“We have to stop that from happening.”