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No goals and not much joy for Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson

Glentoran's Elliot Morris clears the danger

Glentoran's Elliot Morris clears the danger

Eddie Patterson was left frustrated by his side’s performance in Bangor on Saturday as Glentoran drew 0-0 with bottom placed Ards.

It was the sixth time this season that the Glens have recorded a goalless stalemate in the league and the ninth time they have failed to score.

Patterson believes his side need to sign a striker during the January window, if they are to challenge for honours in the second half of the season.

“We didn’t turn up,” he blasted.

“We didn’t start playing until the last half an hour of the game.

“We were void of ideas and we lacked urgency. I’m very disappointed, particularly after the good shift we put in last week at Seaview.

“The defence are doing their job, but our midfielders and forwards aren’t firing in the final third. The problem is obvious and it has been there for all to see for a while now.

“There were half chances inside the box today, but we didn’t have the killer instinct to finish them off. We lacked the clinical expertise inside the area, and it’s not the first time this season.

“We don’t have a sniffer, we don’t have a natural goalscorer, that’s where our problem lies. If the club can come up with the funds in January then hopefully we can change that situation.”

The superb Jordan Stewart showed his ability in the 20th minute, when the youngster beat two men before putting a dangerous ball into the area.

Richard Clarke blasted his shot past Graeme McKibbin, but makeshift left back Ryan Moffatt was on hand to clear the ball off the line.

Ards came close when Moffatt hit the foot of the post with sneaky 67th minute free-kick, that evaded the both the Glentoran defence and Elliott Morris.

Willie Faulkner had a golden opportunity to win the game for Ards in the 85th minute when ghosted past the Glentoran defence, but he blasted his shot against the legs of Morris.

The point allowed Ards to close the gap on Warrenpoint Town to just three points.

The two sides are due to go head to head on Boxing Day.

A delighted Niall Currie said: “I thought we were magnificent today and thoroughly deserved our draw. We worked hard, but our shape was also fantastic.

“For us, anything you can take off the top five clubs has to be considered a bonus. This point is invaluable for us going into Boxing Day.”

 

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