Glenavon counting the cost

Paul Millar. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Paul Millar. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Glenavon assistant manager Paul Millar is calling on the players to learn lessons from Saturday’s afternoon to forget.

The Lurgan Blues lost a 2-0 lead against nine-man Linfield, with the away side forced to field outfield player Mark Haughey between the posts for the majority of the match.

Paul Millar. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Paul Millar. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

The frustration at a failure to maximise the numerical advantage was increased by Linfield forcing a share of the spoils.

Millar feels the performance served to highlight an on-going issue of game management across this season’s campaign.

“We have dropped points too often this season, even if our records show the same return compared to last season,” said Millar. “There is no excuse for not getting a win from the position on Saturday.

“But we must work on our game management and that ability to see it out.

“We have plenty of experience in the squad and even the younger players have quite a bit of gametime clocked up.

“We need to learn to kill a game off when in a winning position.

“Small margins come into play and we must look back and count up quite a few dropped points.”

Glenavon visit Ards on Saturday, with kick-off 3 o’clock.