We have to take care of our own business in our bid to finish 4th in the table, says Glentoran interim manager Declan Devine ahead of clash against 'talented' Larne

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Glentoran interim manager Declan Devine insists he has been impressed from afar by Larne's progress ahead of tonight's encounter between the two sides.

Despite managing south of the border at Derry City and Bohemians in recent years, the Londonderry native acknowledged that he has kept a close eye on Larne's rise under Tiernan Lynch's leadership.

The Inver Reds make the trip to the Oval this evening fresh off the back of last weekend's 8-1 thumping of Cliftonville as they returned back to the summit of the Sports Direct Premiership by a solitary point ahead of Linfield.

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Meanwhile, Glentoran spurned the chance of leapfrogging Crusaders into fourth spot in the table as they were beaten 2-1 by Coleraine at The Showgrounds.

Glentoran interim manager Declan Devine. (Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press)Glentoran interim manager Declan Devine. (Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press)
Glentoran interim manager Declan Devine. (Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press)

The east Belfast side know that if they can finish in fourth spot then they are guaranteed to be at home for the European play-off fixtures.

"I've seen a lot of Larne," said Glens boss Devine. "They are a talented squad, have an outstanding manager and have a lot of good players.

"They have a real defined way of playing.

"And we know we will have to recover really well.

"And have to give a better account than what we gave today.

"It's not even about that honestly (on not moving up to fourth last weekend).

"We've got to take care of it from our side.

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"We will be in the split, we will be in the play-offs but we have to be better than what we were on Saturday."

Devine remarked that his side can ill-afford to repeat the same performance as they showed at The Showgrounds last weekend as individual errors proved costly.

He added: "You can't come off games and if you come off for 35 minutes, that's more than a third of the game gone.

"You can't come off the game for 35 minutes and expect that the opposition isn't going to have a rattle at you at some stage.

"We definitely left minutes behind on Saturday.

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"And I don't really care what went on in the past but we haven't got enough points this season for a reason.

"There's been a lot of points dropped this season for a reason.

"And we left points behind us on Saturday and made it relatively easy for Coleraine to walk off the pitch with three points.”

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