IRISH LEAGUE: Warrenpoint boss Barry Gray under no illusions ahead of Glentoran clash

Barry Gray is under no illusions
Barry Gray is under no illusions

Barry Gray believes managerless Glentoran will be on a mission at Milltown on Saturday.

The east Belfast club last week dispensed with the services of boss Eddie Patterson – even though the team hadn’t tasted defeat in their three previous meetings.

Warrenpoint Town chief Gray insists the shock sacking could well galvanise the side, rather than have an adverse effect.

Gray’s boys are now desperate for points. They remain marooned at the foot of the table, four points adrift of Dungannon Swifts.

They are in danger of being cast adrift, even at this early stage, so it’s vital they start picking up points.

“Our performances of late have merited more,” said Gray.

“Even last week against Linfield, we missed a penalty kick to draw level. Had it gone in, it’s a different ball game altogether.

“But that’s the things that go against you when you are in our position.”

And, Gray doesn’t expect any hands outs from the other half of Belfast’s Big Two.

“I suppose Glentoran will be like a wounded animal,” added Gray.

“The club parted company with the manager last week, which came as a shock to most people.

“They now have to go through the process off installing a new boss.

“It means the players have something to prove. That’s something we have to deal with.

“We need turn things around before it’s too late.

“I’ve have been happy enough the the players’ work rate and their commitment. To be honest, we just need a little rub of the green.

“The league table doesn’t lie. It certainly doesn’t make pretty reading as far as we are concerned – one win from 12 starts.

“However, we showed our potential by claiming a League Cup win at Portadown the week before last –the pressures of picking up points were off on that occasion.

“We now need to adopt that attitude for every league game.

“We have to produce those levels every week if we want to come away with any reward.

“The players know what is expected of them.”

Gray will be without defender Darren King and the suspended Jordan Dane – he was dismissed last weekend – while midfielder Mark Clarke is being hampered by a foot injury.

They join long term casualties Johnny Parr and John McGuigan on the sidelines.

“Darren sustained a rib injury last week,” added Gray. “I don’t think Mark will make it either, so we’ll have to do a bit of shuffling to the team.”