Eddie Patterson hoping Glentoran can prove their class in Slovakia

Eddie Patterson
Eddie Patterson

Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson hopes his players can claw back some credibility in Slovakia on Thursday.

The Glens’ Europa League hopes appear to be over following last week’s 4-1 defeat to MSK Zilina at The Oval.

It leaves the east Belfast men with a mountain to climb in their first qualifying round tie.

“The tie looks beyond us, but we want to go out and give a good account of ourselves and gain some credibility back,” Patterson said.

“I thought last week we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit. Two of the goals were disappointing to concede, and the other two were deflections.

“We scored a good goal and also missed three one-on-ones with their keeper, so it could have been a different result.

“But it was a steep learning curve for the players, and something they have to learn from and progress.

“We know the return leg is a massive test for us, against a very talented side. Zilina are up to speed fitness-wise while we are only getting started – so it is a tall order.

“But we will go out and try and play an attractive brand of football and try and get a positive result. It might not be enough to progress but at least we will have shown what we are capable of.”

Niall Henderson remains sidelined with injury, while David Scullion and Curtis Allen are also unavailable.

“We are along the same lines as last week. They are key players for us,” Patterson added.