LINFIELD manager David Jeffrey is urging his team to regain their ‘killer touch’.
The Blues slumped to their third disappointing result in a week when held to a 1-1 draw by basement side Newry City in Saturday’s dour Premier League game at Windsor Park.
This followed shock JJB Sports Irish Cup sixth round draw (1-1) with juniors Dunmurry Rec – and then a horrible 5-3 thumping by Dundalk in the Setanta Cup.
Linfield now have the opportunity of redressing the balance in tonight’s Irish Cup replay against shock-troopers Rec.
“Two weeks ago, I was waxing lyrical about the performance at Dungannon following a brilliant 4-0 win,” said Jeffrey.
“But the past week has been something of a nightmare. We have failed to win at Windsor in three games – I can’t remember that happening before.
“We were punished by Dundalk for some shambolic defending. We got it right defensively against Newry, but the problems developed at the other end where we squandered numerous opportunities.
“Yes, the goalkeeper (Andy Coleman) must be given a certain degree of credit, but we really should have had the game dead and buried at half time.
“You simply can’t afford to miss the number of chances we did and expect to win games.”
Jeffrey will again be without a number of key personnel for the game. He added: “We’ll have to make a few changes. We’ll not get another game out of some of the players in such a short space of time.
“Noel Bailie did extremely well against Newry, but to ask him to play two games in 72 hours it a bit much. We have one or two little injuries to look at. Mark McAllister will not be fit.
“Damien Curran and Billy Joe Burns will also be ruled out, so we’ll have a head check before the game.”