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No avon it easy for McLaughlin

Paddy McLaughlin believes the basic principles of Cliftonville’s season will be vital for tomorrow’s Danske Bank Premiership clash with Glenavon.

The Reds return to action for the first time since their League Cup Final heroics of last weekend and, with the celebrations from that dramatic comeback against Coleraine having been parked in favour of a return to the training ground, McLaughlin has steeled his players for another thorough examination at Mourneview Park.

“I say it every week but every match is a tough one in this League,” he explains.

“There’s not a lot between the teams and it’s rare that you come up against an opponent that isn’t fighting for something. Everyone has something to play for and that’s what makes the division so competitive and it’s why you have you forget about whatever you did in your last match very quickly.”

While the shot of confidence that League Cup success has given his players is to be welcomed, McLaughlin insists that alone will not be enough to see off a Glenavon side that has posted some impressive performances and results of late.

“With us, it’ll always come down to hard work and the players being willing to go out and put a shift in for the Club and for the fans,” he adds.

“That’s the way it has been all season and there’s no sense in us changing anything now. We’ll have to go out there and earn the right to play football and hope the quality we have can come to the fore because, as we’ve seen plenty of times, when we get on top, we’re a joy to watch.”

Glenavon v Cliftonville
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