Carrick boss Gary Haveron warns David Healy’s Linfield to expect Windsor battle

Carrick manager, Gary Haveron.
Carrick manager, Gary Haveron.

Carrick Rangers boss Gary Haveron believes his side can spring an upset by toppling Linfield in Tuesday’s County Antrim Shield semi-final.

Haveron says his player will take the fight to the Blues as he plots a cup upset.

“Make no mistake, Linfield will be massive favourites and rightly so.

“But we’ll have a real go at them,” Haveron said.

“I think we’re more than capable of causing an upset. I believe we can get the right result and the players will have to believe they can achieve that. There’s no point turning up at Windsor Park feeling you’re going to be second best.”

The East Antrim outfit make the trip to Windsor Park having already conceded home advantage because of waterlogging problems at Taylor’s Avenue, “It’s frustrating but we want to play the game,” he admitted.

“There’s nobody more frustrated with our recent postponements than the Carrick players, staff and board.”

Linfield have been far from their best since David Healy took charge in October but the man who will be in the away dugout tonight insists that, given time, the Northern Ireland legend will turn their form around.

“I don’t think there’s such a thing as a good time to get Linfield,” Haveron said.

“They’re a class act and I’m sure David will get it right. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until things click and they start getting a few results.”

Carrick gave Healy a real scare in his first home match in charge when a late Aaron Burns leveller spared their blushes to secure a 1-1 draw.

It’s a performance the Gers manager hopes will inspire confidence among his players as they seek to emulate the class of ‘93 and book a spot in January’s final.

“We were excellent but it was another one of those matches when we didn’t come away with what we deserved,” Haveron added. “Against Linfield, when you get the opportunities you have to take them.

“It’s the same for this semi-final; if the chances come somebody has to put the ball in the net. We have to take responsibility defensively and we have to be clinical in front of goal.”