Irish Premiership: Leaders Ards expect Glenavon backlash
Early-season Premiership pacesetters Ards expect to face a fired-up Glenavon in Friday night's league encounter.
The Lurgan men slumped to 4-0 defeat at Linfield last weekend having made a promising start to the campaign.
"They will be like a wounded tiger. I am sure Gary Hamilton read the riot act," said Ards manager Niall Currie.
Leaders Ards have taken 10 points from a possible 12 and are two clear of champions Crusaders and last season's runners-up Linfield.
"We know tough times lie ahead for us, but for now we are just enjoying what is happening at the moment.
"I expect we will face a Glenavon on top form on Friday night.
"But we will look forward to going to Mourneview Park, it is a beautiful stadium, and will try to be competitive."
Glenavon player-manager Gary Hamilton apologised to is club's supporters after Saturday's defeat at Windsor Park.
"We have three or four players coming back from injury and the guys in the team have to realise they are not making it difficult for those returning to win their places back," said Hamilton.
"If I had the opportunity I would make five or six changes for the Ards match but unfortunately at this time I cannot do that.
"We will have to go with what we have and hopefully the guys will take their opportunity and put in a performance like they did against Cliftonville and get back into the swing of things."
Glenavon trio Kevin Braniff, James Singleton and Kyle Neill all played part of Wednesday night's reserve match against Linfield Swifts as they continue their comebacks from injury.
Glentoran, in mid-table with six points from four matches, travel to Coleraine who are seeking their first victory.
The Glens' are still waiting for international clearance for new signing, Moldovan Alex Leu, and he will not be available for the match at the Showgrounds.
David Jeffrey takes his Ballymena United team to Carrick Rangers, hoping for a better display following last week's 4-3 home defeat by Ards.
"The players were down after that, but I told them it is not a four-game season," said Jeffrey.
"However, they have to learn because we made some basic defensive mistakes against Ards."
|Danske Bank Irish Premiership - Friday, 26 August (19:45 BST)|
|Carrick Rangers||v||Ballymena United|