UK news Glentoran boss Mick McDermott says Big Two derby win over Linfield was 'payback' last news
MetiNews.Com - Glentoran manager Mick McDermott will be licking his lips tonight at the thought of the Danske Bank Premiership run-in.
Breaking News ! "Glentoran manager Mick McDermott will be licking his lips tonight at the thought of the Danske Bank Premiership run-in. After enduring a run of just two wins from their opening 10 matches, five victories from their most recent seven has restored the east Belfast side to the top half of the division and, more importantly, begun the climb towards the summit.After Conor McMenamin's injury-time winner for the Glens in Tuesday's Big Two derby at Windsor Park, leaders Linfield are now 12 points ahead of their derby rivals who, crucially, have two matches in hand.It's a result that has the potential to become season-defining, Linfield now without a win in three and looking over their shoulders at an advancing chasing pack as Larne are three points behind, Coleraine five and Crusaders six. All that, however, is concern for another day. Derby wins, especially via injury-time goals, are to be savoured in their own right.And for Mick McDermott, who still recalls Kirk Millar's late winner for the Blues in September 2019, the taste is sweet."It's a nice way to win it," he told the BBC. "I thought we deserved it, especially on the second half performance. My first time around here after we took over at Glentoran, we lost 1-0 in the 86th minute so I suppose we could say that's a bit of payback."It's nice to get three points in any game in this league, it's a hard league, but to come to the National Stadium and get three points and in the way we did it, it's a nice feeling.
."It shows the strength of the big man's character," said McDermott after the Gibraltar international kept a clean sheet on his return to the scene of his crimes. "That could have been a career-defining game. There were enough mistakes in that last game to last a season but the big man's worked hard. He's a superb professional and I thought the performance tonight showed how hard he's worked. I thought he was outstanding."Elsewhere, it was a double from Curtis Allen that fired Coleraine to a 2-0 win at Carrick Rangers, stretching their unbeaten run to 11 games and further closing the gap to the table-topping Blues."This winning mentality is something we're trying to breed within the changing room but if you get on a run in this league, you just don't know what can happen," said the former Glens star. "You have to believe it. It's a funny old season. We'll worry about what we're doing and see where we end up.""
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