Tommy Breslin determined to keep mounting pressure on Linfield

Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin
Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin

Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin has urged his players to continue mounting pressure on league leaders Linfield.

The Blues hold a six-point lead over the Reds following Saturday’s late 3-2 win over Warrenpoint Town.

Cliftonville travel to Mourneview Park on Tuesday night to face Glenavon.

And Breslin has urged his side to claim a victory that will close the gap at the top.

“We obviously don’t want the gap to stretch any. It currently stands at six points and we want to try and cut that,” Breslin said.

“We just have to focus on ourselves and make sure we pick up good results in our own games.

“We can’t worry about what other teams might or might not do.

“We can’t control Linfield’s results and we are still in charge of our destiny because we still have to play Linfield twice. They also have tough games to come.

“There are 15 league games remaining so there are a lot of points up for grabs. Things can change very quickly.”

Cliftonville lost the last time they played at Mourneview, in a narrow 1-0 league defeat back in September.

Breslin accepts Tuesday’s clash is a big test for his champions.

“We were disappointed not to come away with anything from that game, but Glenavon are a good team and can do that to you,” he added.

“So we are under no illusions going into Tuesday night. It is another major hurdle, like every game is in this league.

“The players know what to expect.”

Glenavon have slipped out of the top six following a disappointing run of form in the Premiership.

Their Boxing Day win over Portadown was their first league victory since defeating Ards way back on October 25.

Despite some indifferent results over the past two months, Breslin is taking nothing for granted going into Tuesday’s fixture.

“We know the quality Glenavon have in their squad, and they proved that by beating Portadown on Boxing Day,” he added.

“They will have been lifted by that result and they will look to back it up against us.

“But we are in some decent form ourselves and it is important we keep that momentum going.”