Hamilton sure Lurgan Blues luck will change

Cliftonvilles' Paul George and Glenavons' Andy Kilmartin
Cliftonvilles' Paul George and Glenavons' Andy Kilmartin

Gary Hamilton says Glenavon’s luck will turn so long as his players maintain their performance levels.

The Lurgan Blues were grateful to sub Declan O’Brien for the equaliser which rescued a point against Cliftonville at Solitude on Saturday but, on the balance of play, Hamilton’s men should arguably have come away with a greater return for their efforts.

“We’re just not getting that wee rub of the green this season that lets you turn defeats into draws and draws into wins,” he said.

“Apart from the Cliftonville match on the opening day – when they deserved to batter us – and the draw down at Carrick, I feel we’ve been unlucky to drop points in every other match we haven’t won.

“Last week, we lost 1-0 at Crusaders and a wee while before that conceded a late winner to Linfield at Windsor, then today we fall behind after creating all the chances. We fought back, though, and could have won it with a bit more luck at the end there.

“We would probably have been happy with a point before the match but to come here and play like we did, work as hard as we did and create as many chances as we did, it’s difficult to only be coming away with a draw.

“At the same time, I’m pleased we got something from the match because we definitely didn’t deserve to lose.

“I’ve told the players they should have got more but I can’t be critical of them because they gave it everything.”

Reds boss Gerard Lyttle – whose side pulled ahead through Chris Curran’s 55th minute strike – admitted he was concerned about Cliftonville’s display even before kick-off.

“We were very flat today and I could sense that even in the changing room before the match,” he said.

“I don’t know exactly what it was but we didn’t seem to have any buzz about us and that carried over into the match. We started slowly, our passing was loose and we didn’t really create much in the first-half.

“We got a reaction at the break and looked much better, got our goal, should have had another but then we switched off for their equaliser.

“That’s something we need to address because it happens too often that we take the lead and then just turn off in certain situations.”