The Danske Bank Premiership games keep coming over the holiday period and Crusaders make the short trip to The Oval to play Glentoran on Saturday. Both sides have had different results of late with Crusaders winning 5-1 on Boxing Day against Cliftonville while Glentroran went down 4-1 to Linfield.
Crusaders could remain unchanged if all players report fit for the game such was the display but Stephen Baxter may change it slightly if only for tactical reasons. Every player was exceptional on Boxing Day as they blew away their North Belfast rivals and with that in mind it might be a case of "same again" Sean O'Neill had little to do as his back four of Billy Joe Burns, Howard Beverland, Colin Coates and Michael Ruddy where superb throughout. Declan Caddell, Jordan Forsythe, Philip Lowry and Ross Clarke where equally as good and without doubt the combination of David Cushley and Paul Heatley was a joy to watch as they ripped Cliftonville apart. Stephen Baxter will have been pleased with the team but they will be reminded that that is done and dusted and the Glentoran match ahead is a new challenge and to do another professional job.
Glentoran see the return of Ross Redman and Callum Birney after suspension with Robbie McDaid missing through suspension after getting sent off on Boxing Day. John McGuigan has been released from Glentoran so Curtis Allen will start. Ronnie McFall called his players performance a disgrace so Crusaders will need be raedy for a reaction to the criticism should it happen.
The game kicks off at 3pm and we ask again for the following from the terraces as we close in at the top of the table. Come to the Oval with the Red and Black on and get behinfd thye lads again. It is appreciated that you follow week in and week out so loyally by the team. Keep The Faith.