Gary Hamilton looking ‘game to game’ to deal with mounting Glenavon player pain

Gary Hamilton is adopting a ‘game to game’ approach to a demanding fixture list which has left the Glenavon boss stripped of centre-backs for tonight’s visit of Warrenpoint Town.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 6:00 am

Hamilton accepts restricted resources as a price in the pursuit of a 38-game Danske Bank Premiership season within a campaign disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s tough at the minute, but we all wanted this,” said Hamilton. “We all wanted to play football again and we wanted to be in each other’s company again to have the social side of things again as well as playing football.

“We can’t turn round now and say it’s bad on the players...the players all wanted it, we all wanted it as staff, the club wanted it, there’s no point turning round now and saying it’s a bad situation.

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“I certainly think the best decision for players’ welfare and mental health was to get the season started and to try and get the 38 games played.

“We are looking from game to game, there’s no point in looking at the top six or the split.

“We have lost five players in the space of two games, we’re playing Warrenpoint now with no centre-halves, we did that two weeks ago at Glentoran.

“It is what it is, we just have to get on with it.

“All I can ask is that they give us their all, which they have done consistently.

“They have only let me down twice this year, in the two derby games.”

TONIGHT’S FIXTURES: Ballymena United v Glentoran (7.30); Carrick Rangers v Crusaders, Cliftonville v Dungannon Swifts, Glenavon v Warrenpoint Town, Portadown v Larne (7.45)

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