Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson has warned his boys to be mentally tuned in ahead of Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership clash against Carrick Rangers at The Oval.
It’s a re-run of the midweek JBE League Cup tie, where goals from Steven Gordon (2) and Curtis Allen booked the Glens a spot in the last eight. But it took a half-time rollicking from Patterson to spark his boys to life.
Following Gordon’s early opener, Rangers levelled through Brian McCaul before Conor McCloskey spurned a penalty with goalkeeper Elliott Morris getting down smartly to save.
Patterson insists it was all down to lack of attitude.
“We didn’t have the same attitude that helped us draw at Linfield on Saturday, especially in the first half,” rapped Patterson. “That’s a thing you can’t coach.
“We could well have been behind at half time only for Elliott’s penalty save, so I give the players a bit of jolt at half time, simply because the attitude just wasn’t right.
“There is no doubt, we were much better in the second half. I told the boys if they get their attitude right for every game, then there is no telling where they can go in this league.
“It’s up to them. They applied themselves well in the second half – we upped the tempo and kept the ball moving. We had a totally different attitude – we took the game by the scruff of the neck.
“But come Saturday, it will even more difficult because Carrick will be hurting from that defeat. We must make sure are work rate is what is should be.”