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Targeting a top Dec response

Declan O’Hara says he can sense the hunger from Cliftonville’s players to get back to winning ways after two hugely frustrating draws in the last week-and-a-half.

The Reds take on Glenavon this evening on the back of shipping two-goal leads against both Carrick Rangers and Coleraine – and the size of the challenge at Mourneview Park is brought into sharper focus by the fact that Gary Hamilton’s side roared back from just such a deficit when the sides last met.

“You know what Gary’s teams are like, they’re hard working and hard to beat, especially down there,” says O’Hara.

“I think we went down there at the start of the season and won in the 80th minute or something with a Ronan Hale free-kick in a tight game. Then they came here and drew 2-2 in another game where we were 2-0 up, which is something we obviously have to sort out because we’ve dropped points like that in our last two games as well.”

As disappointing as the weekend’s stalemate with the Bannsiders was, Assistant Manager O’Hara says it didn’t take long for focus to shift to the next task on the schedule.

“We know what we’re going down there expecting,” he adds.

“We watched videos of them over the weekend, we were back in training last night and we know we’re going down there for a difficult, difficult game.

“I know our boys are a good bunch and they’ll want to put things right. We’ve dropped points in our last two games but we’ll get a win soon and hopefully it’s at Mourneview.”

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