Mick McDermott reflects on ‘tossed away’ Glentoran points

Glentoran host Warrenpoint Town tonight aiming to overhaul the visitors with Oval success and move into the Danske Bank Premiership’s top six.

By Patrick Van Dort
Tuesday, 15th December 2020, 1:00 pm
Glentoran head coach Mick McDermott. Pic by Pacemaker.
Glentoran head coach Mick McDermott. Pic by Pacemaker.

The free-scoring Glens can offer a warm welcome to Warrenpoint bolstered by Saturday’s slick 6-0 victory over Carrick Rangers.

Warrenpoint, in contrast, lost goalkeeper Gabriel Sava and centre-back Gavin Peers to late red cards in the weekend loss to Coleraine.

“I’m my opinion we’ve been playing well,” said Glentoran head coach Mick McDermott. “We threw away points by conceding a late equaliser against Glenavon who were down to nine men.

“We lost points by conceding an equaliser against Linfield in the last 30 seconds - they were four points we’ve tossed away.

“I’ve said before I wasn’t concerned, I see what we do in training, some of the sessions are brilliant and the boys are working hard.

“All I asked them for at the weekend was a performance, just to reflect how they work from Monday to Friday.

“It’s important we don’t give other teams the belief that they can get something from the Oval – and the boys did that (against Carrick).

“They showed commitment from the goalkeeper right through, they all did well, even the substitutes.

“The quality of some of the goals was outstanding.”

And McDermott was quick to praise the progress of Warrenpoint this season under boss Barry Gray.

“Warrenpoint lost late on at Coleraine at the weekend and had a couple of men sent off, so they will be reshuffling,” he said. “We certainly won’t take them lightly.

“We played them in pre-season, and they looked decent, but this is a different ball game.

“If they took Coleraine to injury-time, it shows the belief they have in the team.

“They won’t come here and lay down, not a chance.

“There will be a war here on Tuesday night.

“Barry (Gray) made some big signings over the summer...boys who played down south and who know the way around a football pitch.”

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