Ballinamallard United boss Whitey Anderson fears a Linfield backlash when he takes his team to Windsor Park on Saturday.
The Blues have suffered back-to-back defeats – beaten in a top-of-the-table clash by Cliftonville a fortnight ago before being dumped out of the Irish Cup last weekend by unfancied Ballymena United.
David Jeffrey’s boys have also been knocked off their perch at the Premiership summit, which is another worrying aspect for Anderson .
“I suppose there is never a good time to meet Linfield,” he smiled.
“You always know what to expect at Windsor Park.
“Yes, the Blues have experienced a few negative results in recent days, but I believe that will make them even more dangerous.
“They’ll certainly want to get back on track – and I suppose they’ll be looking to take it out on some team. There is always the chance of a backlash in them after a few dodgy results and we are now in the firing line.”
Anderson also plays down the suggestion that Blues boss Jeffrey is again under pressure after his team’s Irish Cup exit.
“It’s always the same – two defeats and the Blues are in crisis,” he added.
“Unfortunately, we always seem to play them when the pressure is on!
“It was the same last season. Big Davy was supposedly under pressure but they came down to Ferney Park and duffed us 3-1. Every manager in the league has a certain degree of pressure to deal with, whether you are at the top or the bottom of the table.
“To be honest, his record at Linfield is phenomenal – and it will probably never be surpassed. People are quick to forget the six double triumphs in seven years, which is a magnificent achievement.
“Linfield are now out of the Irish Cup, so they can now fully focus on their Premiership commitments. They have a game in hand over the Reds, so a win will take them back to the top so it’s laughable to talk about the manager being under pressure.”