Linfield manager David Jeffrey insists complacency will not be an issue when when basement struggers Ards visit Windsor Park on Saturday.
Currrent form would suggest the Blues, coming off the back of two thumping wins over Ballymena and Cliftonville, are nailed on for three Premiership points, but ever-cautions Jeffrey doesn’t see it that way.
“Nothing is ever certain in this game,” he warns.
“We’ll be giving Ards the respect they deserve. They may be bottom of the table, but proved they can live with the big boys by beating Portadown a few weeks back.”
Nevertheless, Jeffrey will be bitterly disappointed if his boys don’t protect their four point lead at the summit, especially with Matthew Tipton and Andy Waterworth now bang on form.
“It’s been pleasing to see that partnership develop,” added Jeffrey. “With Peter Thompson and Mark McAllister out injured, both Matthew and Andrw have taken the opportunity to grab the shirts.
“Andrew also had a frustrating start to the campaign, but we didn’t rush him back. He has done extremely well and we are now reaping the benefits.
“We’ve had a settled team and that is big bonus.”
Ards manager Niall Currie is urging his boys to perform without fear at the international venue – if that is at all possible!
“We have to go there and believe in ourselves,” he said. “We must believe we can get something from the game . . . . and not be affected by the occasion.
“Unfortunately, we have quite a few injuries which doesn’t help.”.