The pressure is all on Glenavon says manager Gary Hamilton ahead of Saturday’s Irish Cup tie at H&W Welders.
The trip to Tillysburn Park is an excellent chance for the holders to progress, but make no mistake, the players know how difficult this cup hurdle will be.
“We are expected to go through so all the pressure is on us to get the result,” says boss Gary Hamilton.
“When a team from a higher division takes on one below them they are expected to win.
“If we lose it will grab the headlines as a shock, but while we might be favourites, the Welders will certainly feel they have a great chance to progress.
“They are enjoying a good season and if they win their two games in hand they will go ahead of Bangor in Championship One.
“Already this season Bangor have beaten Crusaders and pushed Cliftonville all the way in two meetings. We will not underestimate the Welders.”
Hamilton stressed any repeat of the Moyola first half performance and they could be out.
“If we perform the way we did in the last round then there will not be a way back. The Welders have players who will punish us if we are not on our game.
“We have had them watched and we know their strengths and weaknesses and likewise they will have watched us and will try and play on any weakness we show on the day.
“We want to get ahead early on and hopefully build on that. We have been conceding goals all season but I am always confident we have goals in us. We have a good unbeaten run going and if we show the right attitude and play to our potential and take the chances when they come along then we can do it.”