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Won step ahead

Paddy McLaughlin says it was vital for Cliftonville to get back to winning ways against Glentoran and paid credit to his players for collecting three points and a clean sheet at a difficult venue.

The Glens have lost just three times on Danske Bank Premiership duty at The Oval this season, with the Reds now accounting for two of those thanks to yesterday’s second-half strikes from Chris and Ryan Curran, which extended the side’s unbeaten streak to seven matches.

“We’re delighted to get the win,” said McLaughlin.

“We’ve drawn our last few League games which was disappointing, even though we’ve had to work very hard for the points we’ve got in them.

“We felt we should have won recent games against Crusaders and Ballymena, so it was important we got back to winning ways but we’ve had to work very hard for it because we know how good Glentoran are, especially at home.

“Our front three were excellent again but I thought Ryan Curran’s performance alone was top drawer, he led the line really well.

“It was difficult throughout the game but we’ve fully deserved the win and I’m delighted to come away with three points and a clean sheet.”