JAMIE Mulgrew remains confident Linfield can clamber out of the “hole” they currently find themselves in.
Monday’s late defeat to Coleraine has left the Blues 11 points adrift of league leaders Cliftonville.
David Jeffrey’s champions have claimed just 15 points from their opening 12 games – half the tally they had at the same time last season.
Their normally impregnable defence has also conceded 18 goals en route to losing five of those 12 fixtures.
Some warning signs are starting to rear their ugly heads at Windsor Park, and Mulgrew insists a radical improvement in results is needed.
“We are in a big hole at the minute. It is a sizeable gap between us and the top,” the midfielder said.
“But we have been here before. A couple of years ago we were 12 points behind and came back to win the title.
“So we know we can do it, but we have to improve our results quickly.”
Mulgrew believes the players have let manager Jeffrey down this season.
Jeffrey is constantly forced under the spotlight at Windsor, but six doubles in seven years suggests he is more than capable of taking the pressure.
“We have seen it all before. There have been times when the team and manager have been under pressure,” Mulgrew added.
“But it is up to the players to take the responsibility. David puts out a good team and we have to produce the goods.
“We are a team capable of winning games and winning trophies, but we have to produce once we step over the white line.”
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