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‘We have a good bunch’ – OK

ORAN Kearney believes he won’t have to pick the players up for tomorrow’s Danske Bank Premiership encounter against Glentoran…

The Bannsiders were knocked out of the Irish Cup last weekend as Cliftonville emerged victorious on spot kicks at Solitude.

However, despite that cruel setback, Kearney alluded to the fact that his side have been in good form of late.

“We came to Solitude a bit patched up without Glacks and Conor, plus a few others,” he said.

“However, for what we had and what we put out there, I thought the boys were brilliant to a man.

“When the game goes to 120 minutes, we probably just needed one or two more players like Glacks and Conor for that freshness.

“We looked solid, our second-half performance was brilliant but they equalised out of nothing.

“I don’t have to pick the players up as we are in a good place and they are a good bunch who wants to do well.

“To be fair, they are doing really well and it was a tough 48 hours after the Cliftonville result but there’s a lot to play for until the end of the season.”

Kearney will have Jamie Glackin available for selection as Rodney McAree’s men roll into The Showgrounds.

“It will be great having Jamie back available,” the manager added.

“There’s no doubt it’s going to be tough and they have their own agenda with Rodney in charge.

“We’ve got to come out firing on all cylinders.”