GARY Hamilton says his side have ‘entertained’ the Mourneview Park faithful this season.
The home fans certainly weren’t complaining after Saturday’s 7-0 victory over Lisburn Distillery. That result meant Glenavon had scored 40 goals in 18 home games this season, more than any other team bar champions Cliftonville.
Hamilton was understandably delighted after the club’s second 7-0 league win in two months and hailed his players’ home performances.
“At home this season, the supporters couldn’t complain about being entertained,” he said.
“Even in the games we’ve been beaten, such as 3-2 to Linfield and Crusaders, they’ve been entertained.
“All credit goes to the boys because it’s them doing it on the pitch. They’re the ones that make the difference. When they perform, there’s a lot of ability there.
“I grew up supporting Glenavon and our fans like to be entertained. They like their wingers too but at this minute in time, we haven’t been able to bring wingers to the club within our budget.
“We want to get those but we need to get somebody who is better than what we’ve got and at the right price. Hopefully over the summer we can do that.
“The good thing is, we’ve been able to entertain in other ways. We’ve got players who can score goals in Mark Farren, Guy Bates and Ciaran Martyn.
“In previous seasons our problem has been beating the teams that we should be beating at home. This season, we’ve done that, apart from the Dungannon game, which we deserved to get something out of. We’ve scored a lot of goals at home to the teams around us and haven’t conceded too many so that’s encouraging.”
The victory also meant Glenavon are now mathematically clear of any threat of relegation, a relief for the boss.
He said: “The win was the main thing on Saturday. Before the game, we drummed into the boys we wanted the three points and to be mathematically safe from relegation.
“It was great for the boys to perform the way they did. They put in a very professional performance.
“Eddie McCallion and Andy Kilmartin were outstanding but it was a good all-round team performance. There weren’t many bad performances.
“They’re a great bunch of lads and the great thing is that we can start looking towards next season. This time last year, we couldn’t afford to look ahead but we can now.”
In order to do that, Hamilton knows it is performances and results away from Mourneview Park that need improving.
“We still have to sort out our away form,” he said. “We’ll put our heads together over the summer and see what we can do to rectify that. Our away form hasn’t been good enough and we’re the first ones to admit that.
“It has improved on last season but we need to improve it even more next season and hopefully keep our home form the same.
“Last year, we also didn’t have enough of our key players with us in pre-season. The players that we’ve brought in since then, like Ciaran Martyn and Mark Farren have improved us and they are players that can move this club forward.”
Saturday’s victory also saw the return of goalkeeper Andy Coleman, who had been out since February. He had originally been set to miss the rest of the season and Hamilton complimented his number one’s attitude in returning from injury so quickly.
He said: “Andy’s a great lad. There are two or three players at the club that, if they’re out injured, they’ll be back quicker than anyone else. He’s one of them. When he’s injured, he works five days a week to get his fitness back. He goes to the gym every night and does the rehabilitation that the physio sets him.”