Jeffrey insists Linfield are still firmly in Premiership title race

ON TARGET: Linfield's Matthew Tipton
ON TARGET: Linfield's Matthew Tipton

David Jeffrey is refusing to give up the fight for the Danske Bank Premiership title.

His Linfield side moved into third place in the league as their win over a lacklustre Glenavon side extended their unbeaten run to eight games.

And after the game he fired a warning shot to Cliftonville, who they play tomorrow – the Blues are coming to get you.

“Does anyone even doubt that we are going after this league title?

“We have had an inconsistent spell, we know that.

“But anyone who knows me, or who knows Bluemen, knows that we don’t give up on anything until it’s mathematically impossible,” said the Linfield boss.

“Tuesday’s match is vital and it’s vital we get all three points. I’ve said that to win the league in our current position it’s going to be like climbing Everest twice.

“If we lose then it’s going to feel like we’ll have to climb Everest five times.”

Linfield certainly looked like able challengers at Mourneview Park – that said they weren’t up against much with a Glenavon side who never really got into the game.

The visitors took the lead just after the half hour mark when Michael Carvill played Matthew Tipton through, but he was brought down by Kris Lindsay.

Brian McCaul, who had spent the latter part of last season on loan at Mourneview Park, coolly dispatched the penalty.

Tipton then scored his first goal for the Blues five minutes after the interval after a fortuitous ball made it’s way through to the striker.

A sidestep deceived both Lindsay and Marc Brown and allowed the former Portadown striker to slot home.

Glenavon’s Ciaran Martyn was then sent off for picking up two yellow cards before Linfield substitute Ross Clarke scored the pick of the goals on 83 minutes.

Carvill passed the ball to the edge of the box and there was a step over from McCaul, allowing Clarke to place the ball into the top right hand corner of the goal from 20 yards out.

“It’s the second game in a row where Tipton has showed his strength, his class and his quality,” Jeffrey added.

“He has been beleaguered with injuries.

But we have worked very hard with him, and encouraged him but ultimately it’s down to the player and we’ve got a fantastic response out of him.”