MARK McAllister is confident Linfield’s title defence will soon click into top gear.
The Blues crashed to their third league defeat of the season on Saturday as they allowed Cliftonville to come from behind to seal maximum points at Windsor Park.
David Jeffrey’s champions find themselves labouring in eighth spot in the Danske Bank Premiership - but only six points off the top.
McAllister - who scored his second goal of the season on Saturday - accepts that improvement is needed if Linfield are to reverse their fortunes.
But he is convinced their luck will change in the weeks ahead.
“I don’t think we actually played that badly against Cliftonville.
“We played some good football during the game,” the former Dungannon Swifts striker said.
“I think where we failed was obviously conceding two sloppy goals, and our play in the final third was found wanting at times.
“I think if we start getting the rub of the green our results will change. On Saturday we could have been two or three goals ahead but it didn’t happen for us.
“But it will soon come.”
David Jeffrey has called for more “clinical edge” as he looks to find some answers to Linfield’s disappointing start.
Striker McAllister believes hard work is the only solution to the Blues’ woes.
“We just have to keep working hard and hopefully things will click,” McAllister added.
“We are trying in games but sometimes things don”t go your way.
“Saturday”s defeat is gone now and we have to focus on our next game away to Glenavon.”
The spotlight has fallen on McAllister to bag the goals following injuries to Peter Thompson and Matthew Tipton.
But in spite of having more responsibility placed on his goal scoring shoulders, the 24-year-old admits pressure is omnipresent at Windsor.
“I don’t feel any more pressure - you always feel it at a club at Linfield.
“That is something I have come to realise since joining the club,” he added.
“You have to deliver week in, week out.
“Maybe recently I haven’t been doing it as much as I would like, but I am determined to knuckle down and push on.
“We have played a lot of the so-called top teams this season.
“The fixture schedule has been tough, but you have to play the top teams at some stage.
“Now we are approaching a set of games which neutrals will expect us to win.
“But we don’t see it that way - every game is tough.
“Our next game is Glenavon. Hopefully we can get the win at Mourneview Park and take things from there. It will not be easy against them but we need to start picking up points.