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Crues boss Baxter praises Jeffrey

Linfield's Niall Quinn in action with Crusaders Mathew Snoddy  Photograph:Stephen Hamilton /Presseye

Linfield's Niall Quinn in action with Crusaders Mathew Snoddy Photograph:Stephen Hamilton /Presseye

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter heaped praise on rival David Jeffrey following last night’s agonising penalty shootout defeat to Linfield.

Jeffrey equalled Roy Coyle’s club record of 31 trophies as the Blues claimed the County Antrim Shield at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

Jeffrey is also Linfield’s longest-serving manager, and could break the trophy record if he can claim the Premiership title this season.

“Congratulations to David Jeffrey. He wins the pot and equals the club record which is fantastic for him,” Baxter said.

“That is an incredible achievement, and one that will never be equalled. He deserves all the credit for all the trophies, not just for tonight.

“I want to congratulate him on that, because 31 trophies is a remarkable feat.”

Baxter also praised his own players, who suffered another cup final penalty shootout defeat.

Back in January they lost the League Cup to Cliftonville, and last night they came up short against Linfield at the Showgrounds.

“We have to stop losing cup finals on penalties,” he smiled.

“It is a lottery, and we have won before in shootouts. We won the Setanta on penalties which is probably the proudest moment in our club’s history. So you win some, you lose some. You take it on the chin.

“I am more disappointed for the players.”

 

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