CLIFTONVILLE boss Tommy Breslin has tipped Linfield to come good as the season progresses.
The Irish league champions have crashed to two defeats in their opening five league games – including Wednesday’s 2-1 reverse to Crusaders.
The result leaves David Jeffrey’s men in ninth spot in the table – six points off Cliftonville who lead the way.
“It is only early days in the league. The table still has to take shape,” Breslin said.
“We are only five games down and have another 33 to go, so I wouldn’t be reading too much into the first five results or league standings.
“Linfield had a shaky start last season and they went on to win the title by some distance, so we all know what they are capable of.
“They will start climbing the table soon, so we have to make sure we get as many points on the table as possible.”
Cliftonville hit the top of the Premiership with a 5-1 hammering of Coleraine last weekend, and followed it up with another solid win against Ballymena United in midweek.
Breslin admits it has been an encouraging start.
“If you offered me this position after five games at the start of the season I would certainly have taken it,” he said ahead of today’s game with Ballinamallard United.
“It has been pleasing, but I don’t think we have hit our peak yet. We haven’t been playing the fluid football of last season, so we can improve.
“We just have to keep picking up points.”