Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson promises changes

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson
Eddie Patterson's Glentoran are seventh in the Irish Premiership table
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Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson says some of his players will be dropped from the team following Saturday's 4-2 home defeat by Glenavon.

The Belfast side had been two goals up but lost the game and slid back into the bottom half of the league table.

Patterson's men now face a League Cup quarter-final trip to Ballinamallard United on Tuesday night.

"To concede the type of goals we did was absolutely farcical and there will be changes," said Patterson.

"We were coasting it at 2-0 but could not manage with losing Jay Magee to injury."

In contrast to Patterson, Ballinamallard boss Whitey Anderson approaches Tuesday's Ferney Park cup tie in upbeat mood, having seen his side hold title-chasing Crusaders to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

"We worked extremely hard and no-one can deny we deserved to get something," said Anderson.

"It was a good point and I think we are playing very well at the minute."

Crusaders, League Cup winners in 2012 and losing finalists for the last two seasons, are away to Bangor.

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The Championship One leaders have avoided Premiership opposition in getting to the last eight, although they recently beat Glentoran in the County Antrim Shield.

"Being the Premiership team, Crusaders will think they are going to win the match," said Bangor midfielder Andy Hall.

"But if we give a good account of ourselves, like we did at the Oval, we could get a result.

"The cup games are a nice distraction but the league is our main priority because we want to be playing Premiership teams every weeks next season."

Cliftonville, aiming to win the League Cup for the third season in a row, go into their home match against Portadown in buoyant mood.

Tommy Breslin's men have won six on the trot in the league and are three points ahead at the top of the Premiership.

Boss Breslin says he will make some changes to give players game time and to manage his squad.

Portadown are back up to second after their win over Institute last Saturday.

In Tuesday's other quarter-final tie, Ballymena United take on Dungannon Swifts at the Showgrounds.

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