They say a week is a long time in football – four can be an eternity.
In fact, it was four weeks to the day that Linfield boss David Jeffrey faced a media corp baying for blood after the Blues stuttered to a scoreless draw against Glentoran at Windsor Park.
The result left Linfield rooted to the bottom of the Premiership table, having picked up a mere two points from a possible 12.
Now Linfield are now right back in the mix and are considered genuine title contenders.
“At the risk of boring everyone, this is a new team we have put together – only three players featured in the corresponding game against Coleraine last year,” Jeffrey said.
“Yes, we had a few disappointing results recently. It’s not nice being bottom of the table. Yet, the only time I have been disappointed with the performance of the team was the game against Crusaders at Seaview.
“We have pushed on from that, but there is still a long way to go.”
Coleraine had defenders Howard Beverland and Stephen Douglas sent off before Thompson bagged his late winner.
“It’s a tough place to come and there were plenty of tackles flying in,” Kearney said.
“With Big Davy shouting on the line and the crowd roaring for decisions, there is always a lot of pressure on the referee.
“I’m not going to comment on the referee in fear of getting into trouble. He made the decisions and we have to live with that.”