Crisis? What crisis?
Linfield are back on top of the Danske Bank Premiership after outclassing one-time leaders Glenavon at Mourneview Park.
After being bottom of the league a month ago, the Blues have won their last six games to surge to the summit.
Manager David Jeffrey was glowing in his praise of his team who, he said, had every right to be proud of themselves.
“When we were sitting bottom with two points I didn’t think we would be top after 10 games, but at the same time I didn’t think we would be bottom for too long,” he said.
“The players have been working ever so hard individually and as a team, and they deserve a lot of credit.
“People forget that this is a new team. In pre-season we lost 11 players and brought in nine. It takes time for a team to get that confidence you need to play so well.
“I think it’s just a sign of the modern game that people outside of the club were calling it a crisis. I just kept believing in the players because I knew we could turn it around.
“Glenavon, and Coleraine last week, were massive tests for this team and we are still learning lessons. We are very much a work-in-progress.”
Glenavon, who now sit third in the table ahead of a mouthwatering Mid-Ulster derby next Monday night, scored the opener against the run of play on 23 minutes.
Rhys Marshall won possession in the middle of the park and fed the ball for Andy McGrory’s cross, which was met by Guy Bates with a looping header for his ninth goal of the season.
The lead was shortlived, however, as the Blues were back on level terms on 39 minutes.
Andy Waterworth pulled the ball back from the byline for Peter Thompson inside the six yard box; his effort was parried away by John Connolly, making his Glenavon debut, with the ball breaking free for Carvill to stab home.
With the wind in their sails Linfield came out fighting at the start of the second half and took the lead from the penalty spot after Gareth McKeown had brought down Blues captain Michael Gault. Waterworth hit the spot-kick hard and into the keeper’s right hand corner.
And the points were secured when Philip Lowry connected with a great cross from Jamie Mulgrew to score the third.
“The better team won,” Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton admitted.
“There wasn’t much in it in the first half, but a poor start to the second period has cost us in the end.
“We know from playing Linfield in the past that they throw everything at you in the first and last 10 minutes of the half and work so hard. You have to be ready for it and we weren’t.
“Truth be told they’re the best team we have played this season and if they keep playing like that I think they will win the league.”
Hamilton is looking for a response from his team in next week’s big derby after two defeats on the bounce.
“We have a new team here and it’s going to take time for everything to come together for us,” he added.
“Our defeats against Linfield and Crusaders have come against two of the bookies’ favourites for the title so it’s not all doom and gloom.
“Sometimes supporters get ahead of themselves. It is going to take another two or three years to get to the same level as the likes of Linfield, but we’re making progress.”