Hamilton happy with haul

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GARY Hamilton was a content man this week after seeing his side pick up four points from their two games and rise to ninth place in the league table.

The highlight was Glenavon’s 3-2 comeback victory over Dungannon Swifts, which understandably left the boss delighted, with their second half performance at least.

“We didn’t start well at all and didn’t play the conditions,” he began.

“It was a bobbly pitch and we asked the players to get the ball in the channels and turn the defenders. We didn’t follow the instructions though.

“Dungannon played the conditions well and got our defenders turned, putting the ball in behind them.

“They caused us problems but we felt that their penalty kick should have been a free-kick outside the box.

“Then their second goal came from a throw-in that should have been ours. Two decisions cost us the two goals but, in saying that, they deserved their lead going into half-time.

“Our performance in the second-half was exceptional. Marc Brown’s goal gave us a lifeline and it was very pleasing to get the result.”

Before that, the Blues had picked up a thoroughly credible 1-1 draw against fifth-placed Coleraine, meaning the Bannsiders are the only Premiership side not to beat Glenavon this season.

Hamilton said: “If we had taken our chances in the first half, we’d have been coming in at half time two, three or four goals ahead. Fair play to Coleraine though, you can see why they’re in the top six.

“They played good football in the second half and it was a total reversal from the first half.

“We couldn’t cope with them at times but the good thing is that we didn’t lose the game.

“This time last year, we’d have lost that game but we put up a good fight and people put their bodies on the line.

“In the first half, when we dominated, they didn’t create any chances but in the second half, when they dominated, we still created three or four chances.”