Andy Waterworth relishing tense title battle with Linfield

Linfield striker Andy Waterworth
Linfield striker Andy Waterworth

Andy Waterworth insists he is relishing a tense title run-in with Linfield this season.

The Blues hold a slender two-point lead over Cliftonville with just five games remaining.

The first of those post-split fixtures couldn’t be any bigger, with the champions visiting Windsor Park on Saturday for what many fans are touting as a potential title decider.

Waterworth is refusing to get too carried away with the hype and bluster surrounding the showdown in south Belfast.

But he is under no illusions as to the importance of Saturday’s result.

“I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a ‘title decider’, but obviously it is a very important fixture,” the Blues striker said.

“It is the top two teams in the country taking each other on, with only two points separating the sides.

“It is a great fixture to be involved in. As a player these are the games you want to be playing in, and I really can’t wait.

“I also love the fact that it is so tight with only five fixtures remaining. Of course, if we had won the title three months ago I would have been delighted.

“But to have it go to the wire adds so much drama and excitement to it, and it ramps everything up a bit.

“It is great for both sets of fans, and I am sure it is interesting for the neutrals and media.

“So I really can’t wait for the rest of the games this season.”