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Paddy McLaughlin says Cliftonville have no time for self-pity as they prepare for a second consecutive Saturday of action against Glentoran at The Oval.

Last week’s Irish Cup second round exit was the Reds’ third defeat on the bounce and, though mitigating circumstances surrounded each of those individual setbacks, the Manager is seeking an improvement in the team’s remaining Danske Bank Premiership challenges.

“There is still a lot to play for,” says McLaughlin.

“We’ve still got the European Play-Offs to look forward to and a couple of games before that to try and ensure we get home advantage – and we’ll try to take advantage of that. We could maybe feel sorry for ourselves last weekend but on Monday, it was back to work.

“We’ve another tough game at The Oval again and if we let self-pity get the better of us now then it will be a frustrating end of the season for us. It’s my job to ensure that doesn’t happen.”

Reflecting on last week’s 1-0 reverse at the same venue, he adds: “We were frustrated with our forward play.

“I think we broke well in numbers and when we won it back, we got good numbers forward – but our final pass and our final decision wasn’t good enough. It’s been disappointing for a couple of weeks now so it’s something we’ve got to work on.”