Looking for a slice of luck

GARY Hamilton is hoping that his side get ‘the rub of the green’ when they travel to Coleraine on Saturday.

Glenavon were on the wrong end of another controversial refereeing decision against Ballinamallard last Saturday and the boss knows they will need some good fortune for a change for what is a tough trip to the north coast.

The Bannsiders are currently sitting in fourth spot in the table and are unbeaten in their last six games. They’ve also only lost one league game at the Showgrounds this season so Hamilton says his side can’t afford to have any big decisions going against them.

“Hopefully we’ll start to get the rub of the green now,” he said.

“If our goal had been given against Ballinamallard we’d probably have won the game 2-0 or 3-0. But when it wasn’t we had to chase the game. For their goal we had seven players in the opposition half and they caught us with their pace. Would that have happened if our goal had counted?

“We put in a steady performance and should have won the game. Hopefully we’ll bring that display into Saturday and hopefully we can get some decisions going our way this time. They say these things even themselves out but we need to get about 10 decisions in the next 10 or 15 games.

“Coleraine are a good side. Oran Kearney has done an exceptional job there. He has a lot of very good players and local guys playing and has a great team spirit which has brought reward.

“They have a lot of quality throughout their side. Stephen Lowry and Ruairi Harkin in midfield are fantastic players who can change games so we have to keep a close eye on them.

“We’ve got a good side as well though and there’s no reason why we can’t go up there and get a result. Yes, it’s a tough ask, but we’ve been a lot tighter at the back recently and we’re creating chances too so why not?”

In Hamilton’s ranks there will be changes this weekend, depending on how tonight (Wednesday’s) reserve game goes.

He said: “There could be anything between one and three changes this week. There will be at least one but we’ll have to think about it. We’ll see who comes through the midweek game and take things from there.

“Niall Henderson was buzzing when he came off the bench on Saturday but he’s only played one or two full 90 minutes. We’ll see how he does on Wednesday night.”