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Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton wants to see his players get their bite back

PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/04/2019.Linfield v Glenavon Danske Bank Premiership.Glenavon Manager Gary Hamilton during todays game at Windsor Park in Belfast..Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press..

Danske Bank Premiership: Glenavon v Coleraine (tonight, 8pm); Carrick Rangers v Ballymena United (tonight, 7.45pm)

GLENAVON manager Gary Hamilton wants his players to get their bite back as they head into tonight's Danske Bank Premiership clash with Oran Kearney's Coleraine at Mourneview Park.

The Lurgan Blues have one win and a draw to show from their opening four games, having suffered defeats on the road to Cliftonville and Dungannon Swifts, and Hamilton says it's time his players got back to what they do best.

"This is the same squad of players that finished third in the league last season, so they have proved that they are good enough to compete in this league and have proved it for the past four or five years," the two-time Irish Cup-winning manager said.

"As much as we didn't bring many in during the summer, we didn't lose anyone – it's the same players – so we just have to get back to what we do best. That's when we press, we get at them, bite the ball. The sooner we get back to doing that, the sooner we will pick up some results.”

Hamilton added: "If we play the way we can, then other teams can start worrying about us but, until we do that, it's going to be a long time before we get a result.”

Coleraine will be without suspended striker Eoin Bradley after his sending-off against Institute last week, but add new signings Martin Gallagher, Aaron Jarvis and Nedas Maciulaitis to the squad.

Also tonight, Ballymena United, who have also had a patchy start to the league season, travel to Taylor's Avenue to take on Premiership new boys Carrick.

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