ORAN Kearney believes Coleraine are starting to prove their character in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The Bannsiders claimed another resilient league win over Dungannon Swifts last Saturday.
It came less than 24 hours after all of their chief rivals had played on the Friday night.
The onus was on Kearney’s men to respond and they did that with a 2-0 victory over the Swifts.
And the Coleraine boss believes his players will have to continue demonstrating their steely resistance as the season progresses.
“I think we turned a corner with the nature of that victory,” Kearney said.
“All the other clubs had played on the Friday and there was a bit of spotlight on us on the Saturday.
“It may not have been the prettiest three points we have won, but it was professional and the players showed character and a good work ethic.”
Coleraine sit in second place in the Premiership, just being denied the top spot on goal difference to Cliftonville.
It follows an impressive run of 13 points from a possible 15 in their last five outings.
Expectations are rising in the Showgrounds terraces this season, but Kearney is quick to slam a lid on any lofty predictions.
“It’s pleasing to be where we are, but by the same token, one or two bad results and things change very quickly,” Kearney said.
“One or two defeats would leave us mid-table and nobody would be talking about us, so we have to keep our focus.”
Meanwhile, Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton admits today’s home clash will be a tough test for his players.
“After watching Coleraine last Saturday, it’s not going to be an easy game. They’ve only been beaten once this season and are at the top of the table for a reason,” he said.
“We’ve put in some good performances at home and not always got the results we’ve deserved.”