Gary Hamilton throws down the gauntlet to under-performing Glenavon

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton
Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton is urging his team to halt a horrible run of results in Saturday’s Premiership clash against Ballinamallard United at Ferney Park.

The Lurgan Blues have picked up only one point from a possible nine, which has sent them spinning down to seventh place in the league table.

Hamilton admits his boys just haven’t been good enough, but now is the time to get back on track.

“We’ve haven’t been good in recent weeks,” he said.

“With no disrespect to the opposition, we’ve dropped points in games that we were expected to get more out of.

“When you are playing teams in and around you in the league table, you have to maximise your points intake, and we haven’t been doing that.

“I put it down to poor decision making by the players -- they also haven’t been carrying out the instructions they were given.

“Look at our performances against the top teams, the Linfields, Cliftonvilles, Crusaders’ and Glentorans.

“We did well in all of those matches, simply because the boys stuck to the script and carried out instructions they were given.

“Take nothing away from the likes of Institute, Dungannon and Coleraine, they have all taken points off us, but our lads didn’t do what was asked of them on the pitch. When you make poor decisions, you pay the price.”

Ballinamallard United are coming off the back of a heart wrenching League Cup semi final defeat by Ballymena United and will be looking get that disappointment out of their system.

Hamilton added: “We now face another tough task at Ferney Park, but I say the same thing every week. They are all tough. There is nothing easy in this league.

“Up until their midweek defeat, Ballinamallard had won their previous three home games, so they are on a decent run of form. Anything other than a top performance will not be good enough.”

Hamilton and veteran defender Winkie Murphy are both suspended for the game.

United gaffer Whitey Anderson reckoned his team were hard done by in a thrilling league cup semi final, falling to a late strike from Ballymena’s veteran defender Davy Munster.

“The free kick decision for their third goal is nothing short of scandalous,” said Anderson. 
“The player bought the free kick and he got it. I just think we were denied extra time by a very poor decision by the referee.

“It was a scandalous decision. Overall, I thought we were brilliant. We showed great character and I’m very proud of the players. The commitment, drive and effort they put in was top class.”

“I told the boys if they carry that form through into the league, we’ll soon climb the table.”