IT’S not often Linfield manager David Jeffrey is lost for words!
But his faltering team’s latest Premier League result left the big man practically speechless.
You can reflect back on a blotched penalty kick and a horrendous error that gifted Cairan Martyn his first goal for Glenavon, but there is no papering over the cracks – this was as bad as it gets.
Even though Daryl Fordyce came off the bench to grab a face-saving last minute equaliser, Jeffrey, who has celebrated six league and cup double success in the last seven years, will require some sort of miracle if the Gibson Cup is to remain at Windsor Park.
“I’m pretty much lost for words,” said Jeffrey, who was visibly deflated in the post-match press conference. “If I’m brutally frank and honest, we could have lost the game.
“I’ve never looked for excuses and there shouldn’t be any excuses. That simply just wasn’t good enough. I just can’t understand why we have so many players performing below par – and these are guys who have won a lot of trophies . . . league titles, doubles and trebles.
“Yet, they are not producing anywhere near what they should be. I am certainly not going to criticise them. They know themselves it’s not good enough and it’s not the standards they have set.”