Glentoran chief Eddie Patterson praises young charges after victory

Glentoran's Jordan Stewart gets past Mark Hughes
Glentoran's Jordan Stewart gets past Mark Hughes

Eddie Patterson was rightly proud of his young Glentoran team after they made it six wins from their last eight Danske Bank Premiership fixtures.

Saturday’s 5-0 hammering of Warrenpoint Town was the latest sign of progress from the Glens this season.

Jordan Stewart led the way with a hat-trick while Danny McKee and Stephen Gordon added further goals that saw the Oval men ease to victory over a 10-man home side who had Jonny Breen shown a straight red card in the second half to add to their misery.

“I thought our composure on the ball was superb,” Patterson said.

“We continued to pass it about and move their players about the park and create opening.

“We were a bit unfortunate to come in with only the one goal at half-time but credit to the lads, they plugged away and once we got into our routine again in the second half, I thought there was only going to be one winner.

“We kept our discipline and kept our shape well and scored some good goals.

“We’ve said to the boys to take each game at a time and we’ve done that over the last number of weeks. The only bad thing out of it was the defeat against Linfield and we put in a real credible performance that didn’t get the result it merited.

“We bounced back well from that with the win against Institute last week and we’ve carried that on today. That’s nine goals in two games and we’re absolutely delighted with that.”

Warrenpoint manager Barry Gray admitted that his side had been second best all over the pitch and aims to move on from this match as quickly as is possible.

“Today didn’t work for us. End of story,” he said.

“We were heavily defeated and we got exactly what we deserved. It doesn’t reflect the period that we’ve gone through because it’s been so positive over the last five or six games but you get days like that in football and there’s no point in dwelling too much on it because it’s not going to gain us anything.

“We’re disappointed. I’m gutted because we’ve been beaten 5-0 and we’ve been reduced to ten men and we looked like a side that could be relegated.”

With Coleraine away on Saturday in the Irish Cup, Gray hopes to have loan signings John McGuigan from Glentoran and Dundalk’s Conor McDonald available for selection.

“It’s a break from the league next week and you have to dust yourself off and get on with it,” he added.

“We have a couple of new players in and that will start to increase competition for places. If we had our panel where we wanted it after today, we would be making wholesale changes, that’s for sure.”