Michael Gault stays focused on success as pressure mounts

Linfield midfielder Michael Gault
Linfield midfielder Michael Gault

Michael Gault insists Linfield will do their talking on the pitch as the pressure continues to mount this season.

The Blues were knocked off the top of the Danske Bank Premiership table by Cliftonville following the Reds’ victory over Ballymena United in midweek.

It came four days after Cliftonville defeated David Jeffrey’s side 1-0 at Solitude to blow the title race wide open.

Questions have already been posed to Gault and his teammates over their Premiership mentality this season.

Last week Cliftonville defender Marc Smyth insisted the the title was Linfield’s to lose, suggesting the Blues’ spending power in the transfer market made them big favourites to reclaim the Gibson Cup.

Linfield midfielder Gault accepts pressure lies around every corner for the Windsor Park giants.

But he refuses to get embroiled in any war of words as the race for the Gibson Cup continues to intensify.

“People have been doing a lot of talking about Linfield. They have been shouting their mouths off, but we won’t be getting involved,” he said.

“We prefer to do our talking on the pitch and hopefully we can do that from now to the end of the season.

“The aim is to reach May with a trophy or two in the bag.

“There have been ups and downs this season, and last Saturday’s defeat to Cliftonville was another learning curve.

“I thought we played pretty well, but we conceded a poor goal and then got a man sent off.

“There is still a long way to go before the title is handed out, and we are just concentrating on one game at a time.”

Linfield’s next assignment is Saturday’s crunch Irish Cup sixth round tie with Ballymena United at Windsor Park.

The Blues will be favourites to progress to the quarter-finals, but Gault is refusing to take anything for granted.

“We beat Ballymena 2-1 recently up at their place, but it was a very tough afternoon,” he added.

“We were 1-0 down and then Ballymena had a player sent off. It took us time to find an equaliser, and then we managed a winner.

“It is never easy against Ballymena, and they have Allan Jenkins and David Cushley coming back in after their midweek suspensions.

“They will be fresh and raring to go.

“We certainly won’t be taking our eye off the ball. The Irish Cup remains a big target for us this season. Of course, the league is the bread and butter, but the cup is a showpiece.”