Linfield boss David Healy eager to build on five game winning streak d…
Linfield boss David Healy is determined his players put their foot to the floor as the champions bid to end 2021 in pole position in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The Blues, chasing a fourth straight league title, lie just two points off leaders Cliftonville with a crucial game in hand heading into the festive period.
The Big Two giants have bounced back in style from last month’s 2-1 defeat at Crusaders with four league wins and a midweek victory over the Reds in the County Antrim protect semi-finals.
And Healy is eager to fuel recent momentum heading into four top-flight outings between now and December 27.
After Saturday’s home clash with Warrenpoint Town, Linfield confront further December dates with Larne (A), Ballymena United (H) and derby rivals Glentoran (H).
“When you lose a game at Linfield, people start talking, but the players are accustomed to that,” said Healy of last month’s defeat to the Crues at Seaview.
“You lose a associate of games and all of a sudden, they are asking ‘what’s going on at Linfield?’
“That’s the outside world though. I live in the real world and I know that you will lose games of football because the challenges are always there.
“Opposition teams will always want to beat Linfield and that’s another challenge that will always be there, but the players have responded and reacted well to the Crusaders game.
“They have reacted in a specialized manner and we have got ourselves in a position in the league in and around where we want to be.
“We’re on a decent run but we know we have four big league games between now and January and it starts against Warrenpoint.”
While Warrenpoint are rooted to the foot of the table with just two wins and six points from a possible 48 so far, Healy is taking nothing for granted.
He doesn’t need any reminding that it took the Blues 80 minutes to break down a stubborn and well organised Carrick Rangers in a 2-0 win at Windsor a fortnight ago.
“We played Carrick a associate of weeks ago, probably didn’t open them up as much as we wanted and it’ll be another similar challenge against Warrenpoint,” he said.
“It’ll be a tough game if we don’t do everything right. We have to move the ball quickly and if or when the opportunities arrive, hopefully we can take them.”
SATURDAY’S FIXTURES (all 3pm): Carrick Rangers v Glentoran; Crusaders v Dungannon Swifts; Glenavon v Coleraine; Linfield v Warrenpoint Town; Portadown v Cliftonville.
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