GLENAVON assistant manager Paul Millar backed his players despite the disappointing 1-0 defeat to Ballinamallard.
The Blues certainly didn’t deserve to lose and Millar was quick to defend his players for what he says was a good performance.
However, the assistant boss was rather less pleased with the Estonian officials after they disallowed Andy McGrory’s 52nd minute header. It was the second time this season that the Blues have been on the end of a disallowed goal against the Mallards and Millar was unsure of the decision but conceded that his side should have made more of their other goal scoring opportunities.
“We’re very disappointed that we didn’t come away with three points,” he said.
“The first half was pretty even and we thought that it would always be one goal that would decide the game. Their goalkeeper kept them in it.
“We need to be a bit more clinical when we get our chances. We had four or five in the second half and their goalkeeper did exceptionally well. Andy Coleman, our goalkeeper, had very little to do except pick the ball out of their net.
“To be fair to Ballinamallard when I was with Larne last season we played against them a couple of times and we know that they’re a good side. They keep the ball well and they’re hard to break down but when you get chances, you have to put the ball in the back of the net.
“We feel we created those chances and Andy McGrory was unlucky his effort was ruled out. We’re disappointed because we feel it was a legitimate goal at the start of the second half. The linesman was there and looking across the line. I asked him after the game was he 100% sure that our guy was offside and he said he was.
“We’ll have to have a look at it now and see. If he was correct then fair play to him but if not, he’s probably cost us three points.
“There were a lot of positives on Saturday. It was our first defeat in four games. Sometimes after you get beaten you have to ask questions of players but on Saturday there wasn’t much we could say except put our arm around them. They gave their all, created chances, defended well but just couldn’t apply that killer touch.”