Pressure is all on Reds

Glenavon take on champions Cliftonville at Solitude on Saturday and manager Gary Hamilton is hoping with the pressure all on the Reds his team might just spring a surprise.

Still smarting from the home reversal last week by Dungannon Swifts, the Lurgan Blues could find Solitude the perfect place to bounce back.

Gary Hamilton. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Gary Hamilton. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

“There is no real pressure on us, no-one will expect us to go down to Cliftonville and win so perhaps we can use that to our advantage,” said Gary.

“It has been a while since we have managed to beat them down there, we have produced some good performances without getting any reward in recent seasons.

“However, we know it will be a massive challenge because they are a very good side who have won back to back league titles and are the favourites to do so again.

“They have that little bit extra, they have what it takes to win key games and win when perhaps they are not playing all that well.”

Despite his disliking for 3G surfaces, Hamilton may be forced to take up a place on the bench.

Glenavon will be without Kris Lindsay due to work commitments and James Singleton is facing a fitness battle with a thigh strain picked up at Warrenpoint last Wednesday night and remains doubtful.

On the plus side both Gareth McKeown and William Murphy come into the reckoning.

Mark Patton, who has been nursing a back injury for most of the summer, returned to training this week and if he can push for a first team place in the next few weeks it will boost Hamilton’s attacking options.

Keeping a clean sheet may be difficult but with the right application and attitude along with the luck that maybe has eluded them in recent visits they have the ability to get something from the game.