Friday night is reckoned to be chasers night and United fall into that category tomorrow night when they face Glentoran at the Oval in the Dankse Premiership, kick-off, 19-45. The press has been full of Glens problems today and were you to believe half of it, you would rightly assume that United had only to turn up to be assured of three points. But we know from painful experience, that you cannot believe a word that the Glens management trot out. Every-time that we are due to play them, they have a number players crocked and miracles of miracles, they make a marvellous recovery and are on their team.
Take the latest press release from the Glens publicity machine, John McGuigan, is helping Police with their inquires about drugs and will not be picked. They have three players suspended, namely Addis, Gordon and Garret and we think these three are genuine sidelined players, but Hill, Birnie, Kane and Magee are all injured, we won't be surprised if they all make a recovery and make the Glens starting line-up. Our management team know the Oval outfit and are used to their rumours and won't be fooled with their weeping and wailing. We expect a tough match, for the Glens are fighting for their very existence and we will be prepared for that eventuality.
As regards ourselves, we have only one player who's not available for selection, Marky McCullagh, serving a one game suspension, but we have enough strength in depth to cope with that. We have given up trying to second guess Spike and the three baldies, but expect our defence will pick itself and Darboy and Cush are certain starters. That only remains for our midfield to be selected and one striker and going on past experience it will be, Tony, Alan D, Captain Jenks and Ally. But Spike may surprise us and pick an entirely different midfield, or he may fool us completely and go for a 4,4,2 formation, wouldn't that be something, but in all honesty we think not.
Whatever players our Spike picks, we have to chase this game from the start, no use saying after the event, we could have tried harder, its got to be all systems go from the outset. If we give it our best shot and are found wanting, so be it, we'll have the satisfaction of knowing we tried our eye-strings out. That is the only way we can get the desired result, we got to go on the attack and as 'Jonesy says', they don't like it up them, but we got to do it. There's only three points up for grabs tomorrow night, but a win would leap us into to 5th place at least until 17-00 hrs Saturday and set us up for our visit to the hatchet-men on March 15. Its all to play for, we have the players to do it, so come on Sky Blues, lets shag those wise men from the East!