STEPHEN Lowry insists Linfield remain a force to be reckoned with despite their poor start to the season.
Lowry bagged a sensational late winner to help Coleraine inflict a 3-2 defeat on the champions in what was a Sky Sports spectacular on Monday night.
It was the fifth time David Jeffrey’s side have lost in the Danske Bank Premiership this term and leaves them trailing in eighth spot in the standings - 11 points behind league leaders Cliftonville.
But for Bannsiders hero Lowry, it would be “madness” to write off Linfield so early in the season.
“It would be madness to rule anyone out of the title race at this stage, especially Linfield,” Lowry said.
“They’ve had a tough run of results, but I think every other club is waiting for them to click into gear.
“I think we all suspect they’ll hit back and go on a winning streak very soon.
“The bookies still have them favourites to win the league and that says it all. On Monday night, they were very sharp for periods, but we took our chances when they came.”