Midweek meeting has desired effect for Warrenpoint boss Gray

Glentoran's Jordan Stewart and Warrenpoint's Liam Bagnal
Glentoran's Jordan Stewart and Warrenpoint's Liam Bagnal

Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray insisted a midweek get-together had the desired effect on his team as they celebrated their first ever win over Glentoran.

On a day that a saturated pitch and atrocious conditions made life difficult for both teams, Warrenpoint stuck to their gameplan and goals from Marty Havern and Paudi Smith made it an occasion to remember for the Premiership new-boys

Although substitute David Scullion threatened to spoil the party by grabbing an equaliser midway through the second half, Smith pocketed only his second goal of the season to send the small band of visiting fans into a frenzy.

“We had a meeting on Thursday night, the management, backroom staff and players,” said Gray. “We set a few targets for the remainder of the season.

“Results like this will help us achieve some of those targets. We showed a lot of character and belief. Certainly we had a few tired legs late on, but that was no surprise.

“The players reacted to what we talked about. Full credit to them because they are the guys who executed what we worked on through the week.”

Gray was quick to emphasise that survival is still his main priority, even though his team are now up to ninth in the table – 11 points above basement club Ards, having played one game less.

“In the short term, we are quite happy getting away form that bottom section,” he added. We don’t want to be looking over our shoulder when the split comes and have the pressure of needing to win every game.

“This is undoubtedly our highest profile win since coming into this league, but is not about beating Glentoran, it’s about getting three points.”

Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson didn’t mince his words in his post-match assessment.

“We did absolutely nothing in the first half,” he roared.

“I told the boys before the game, if the attitude wasn’t right, we would end up with egg on our faces -- and that’s what happened.

“When we did get back into the game, I though we would kick on, but it just didn’t happen. Prior to the game, we had the second best defensive record in the league, but we conceded two really sloppy goals.

“We didn’t react to the ball quickly enough for their second goal, we stood about waiting for each other to take charge. Their boy reacted the quickest.

“If you are hungry enough, you’ll put the shift in – to me, we were not hungry enough.

“Complacency was our problem – we had a poor attitude, there is no doubt about that.

“If you want to be at this club, you’ve got to be 100 per committed.

“If the attitude is not right, you have to ask big questions.”