Striker Curtis Allen says Glentoran will ‘grind out’ results

Glentoran's Curtis Allen scores from the penalty spot against Coleraije
Glentoran's Curtis Allen scores from the penalty spot against Coleraije

Striker Curtis Allen admits Glentoran are now learning how to ‘grind out’ results!

The 27 year old bagged an early penalty to earn the east Belfast side a hard earned point against Oran Kearney’s fast improving Coleraine at the Oval.

Rodney Brown headed the visitors into a fourth minute lead, but it was quickly wiped out by Allen’s eighth goal of the season.

Sadly, that was as good as it got in terms of entertainment value. In fact, it developed into a Halloween horror show that did little to impress the watching Kenny Shiels.

The former Kilmarnock manager has emerged as favourite to succeed Eddie Patterson, who was sacked earlier this month.

Shiels is due to meet the Glentoran Board later this week, along with another number of possible candidates.

The club’s Director of Football, Roy Coyle, has been looking after team affairs since Patterson’s departure.

Allen believes the team can ‘kick on’ once a new manager has been installed.

“It was obviously a shock to the players when Eddie left,” said Allen.

“We thought we had started to turn things around in terms of results.

“Roy has come in and put his own stamp on things, but there haven’t been too many changes as such.

“Yes, there is a lot of speculation about a new manager coming in.

“But we, as players, have to focus on the training and the next game, which will be a difficult one at Ballymena. When the new man does come in, he’ll bring with him his own ideas.”

Allen admits his team is now showing a lot more resilience all over the park.

“We are displaying a lot more character in games and that’s what is required if we are to climb up the league table.

“Roy has spoken to us about our mental toughness . . . and it’s had an effect on the players.

“Even though we conceded early on, we regrouped and got back on terms soon after that. We stuck in there.

“I think it has been proved that any team can beat any other in this league.

“Sometimes that little bit of resilience can be enough to get you three points.

“It was one of those games that we would probably have lost earlier in the season.

“We dominated the second half and perhaps could have sneaked it at the end. But a draw was probably a fair enough result.”

Temporary boss Coyle admitted is important to get a new manager installed as soon as possible.

“There have been quite a few applications for the post,” he said.

“It’s now down to the Chairman and the Board. Hopefully, it will be resolved as quickly as possible.

“I’ve enjoyed my brief spell in the post, but the club needs someone in on a permanent basis.”

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney stressed his boys could have had the game done and dusted inside the first 10 minutes.

“We came out of the blocks really well and got the bonus of an early goal,” he said

“And, we had two or three other chances to really catch them cold and go two up.

“We didn’t take them -- and we paid for it. It was really disappointing in the manner of the goal that we conceded. It was a big punt forward, which we didn’t win. It put Lyndon (Kane) in trouble.

“The key was to protect our early lead for a long as possible. Sadly we didn’t do that.”