Mick McDermott believes Glentoran ‘dominated’ against Cliftonville on Tuesday night but had to count the cost of poor decision-making at the Oval.
The Glens slipped to third in the table after Rory Hale’s second-half goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat at Mersey Street.
McDermott’s players enjoyed plenty of possession and created several openings but couldn’t find the net in what was a frustrating night for the home side.
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He told Glens TV: “I thought we were the dominant team tonight, there’s no doubt about that. But that’s football. If you don’t take a chance and concede a bad one then you don’t win the game.
“But in terms of overall performance, I thought we were clearly the dominant team tonight.
“When you come out of a game like Newry at the weekend when it’s a sloppy, poor performance, then you can be critical.
“But tonight, especially in the second half, we blocked them for long periods and created multiple opportunities to get into good areas. We had many half chances and a few good chances.
“If we had had a little more composure, we could have hit the target, and their keeper made a few saves.
“I think we created multiple opportunities, which was positive. I can’t be critical of how the players applied themselves, but we can be critical of ourselves in the final decision-making and the execution in key areas.
“But we’re up against a Cliftonville team that’s on a roll, and to be dominant like we were was a credit to our players.
“But we are disappointed that we didn’t get anything out of the game.”
McDermott also reflected on the number of high-profile injuries he has dealt with this season.
The Glens have been without club captain Marcus Kane for most of the campaign, while Luke McCullough and Ciaran O’Connor – now on loan at Warrenpoint Town – have also been sidelined for extended periods.
“It had an effect since September or October when we lost Marcus Kane, Luke McCullough, Ciaran O’Connor,” McDermott added.
“Think of the unfortunate injuries. It’s not muscle strains. It’s a broken foot, a torn cruciate ligament. Marcus landed on the turf at Inver Park in September. We had Gael Bigiramana tonight.
“Our injury list would start most weeks. But credit goes to the boys who stepped in. Sean Murray was superb tonight. Seanan Clucas was business as usual and can play in multiple positions.
“Conor McMenamin created several things on the left side and had energy.
“All around I thought we could have been better, but I thought we were better than our opponent.
“But again, there is no price for being better. You have to put the ball in the back of the net.”
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