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David Jeffrey refusing to indulge in title talk as Linfield soar

Linfield manager David Jeffrey

Linfield manager David Jeffrey

Linfield boss David Jeffrey insists it would be “crazy” to start indulging in title talk at this stage of the season.

The Blues surged six points clear at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership with their Boxing Day win over Glentoran.

Goals from Andy Waterworth and Aaron Burns sealed another vital three points at the Oval, while in the north of the city main rivals Crusaders and Cliftonville fought out a 1-1 draw.

It could yet prove a pivotal afternoon as far as the destination of the Gibson Cup is concerned this season.

But for Blues boss Jeffrey, it is one small step in what is a Premiership marathon.

“We are not even talking about titles. Talking about titles in December is crazy,” the grounded Linfield chief said.

“We have a long way to go. Cliftonville and Crusaders are right in there. All we can do is focus on ourselves.”

Boxing Day’s success over Glentoran was only Linfield’s second win in eight attempts against teams in the top five this season.

It followed a 3-2 victory over Portadown on December 21.

“People have talked about our record against the other teams in the top five. Well, that’s two victories against top-five opposition in the space of a week which is pleasing,” he added.

“But we still have to beat Cliftonville and Crusaders. They are two more formidable opponents who will be right there to the very end.

“So we have a number of massive hurdles to scale.

“Boxing Day was a pleasing afternoon, but nothing more and nothing less.”

Next up for Linfield is Wendnesday’s home clash with Glenavon.

The Lurgan Blues bounced back to form with a derby victory of their own on Boxing Day – Gary Hamilton’s side recording a 3-2 win against Portadown at Mourneview Park.

It was a first victory in eight league games for Hamilton’s side, who have slipped out of the top six following a disappointing run of form.

Despite the Lurgan side’s slide, Jeffrey is under no illusions ahead of tomorrow’s showdown.

“Glenavon are a side who have been through a rebuilding process and Gary Hamilton has them playing well,” Jeffrey said.

“They beat Portadown on Boxing Day which is a mighty result.

“Portadown are a very good side, and Glenavon have beaten them twice this season.

“So coming to Windsor will hold no fear for them at all. We will just rest up and then prepare for the game as we normally do.”

 

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