Proud of team on Saturday

Manager’s view v Linfield - Gary Hamilton

I WAS very proud of the boys on Saturday.

They worked their socks off. We told them that we wanted them to outwork Linfield and if we were beaten by a bit of quality then we would hold our hands up.

Linfield tend to beat teams with hard work and then their quality on top of that but I think our boys responded to what we asked of them on Saturday.

They worked hard although we sat a bit deep after half-time but that can happen when you go to Windsor Park. You can get under the cosh but I felt that we dealt with it well. We just didn’t manage to get the goal that I thought our performance deserved.

Cameron Grieve pulled up with a tight hamstring so we took him off because we didn’t want him to end up tearing it. Hopefully we’ve caught it at the right time and he can be back playing again soon.

Chris Lavery was struggling and didn’t train on Thursday night with a throat infection but I wanted to give the boys who had beaten Ballymena the chance to start. He phoned me on Saturday morning and said he could play maybe 45-60 minutes so I wanted to give him the chance.

Maybe if I was to do it all over again I wouldn’t have started Chris because I knew he wasn’t 100% but it’s something to learn from for myself.

I watched the highlights back and Jackie Fullerton said that he thought (Winkie) Murphy could have been sent off for his challenge on Diarmuid O’Carroll. We were under the cosh at that time and it would have been good for us to have the man advantage but it wasn’t to be.