IRISH LEAGUE: Crusaders Colin Coates confident before Linfield clash

Crusaders captain Colin Coates
Crusaders captain Colin Coates

Crusders skipper Colin Coates is sure his side are ready to deliver away to Linfield on Saturday afternoon.

Coates’ Crues lead the league standings with Linfield a close second and defender Coates says the Shore Road outfit have no fears about going to Windsor Park.

“We’ll go into the game with belief and confidence.

“We know we have the firepower and players at the top of the end of the pitch to hurt them.

“We maybe just need to tighten things up at the back, we’re probably giving away silly goals at the moment.

“The goal we conceded against Carrick was disappointing and we’ve given away a few soft ones as a team more than anything.

“If we can tighten things up and keep a few more clean sheets, we’ll take off,” he added.

And Coates admits their four point lead at the top of the table counts for very little at this stage of the season.

“There’s a long, long way to go, but it’s where we want to be – at the top.

“We’ve been there for quite a while now and we want to stay there, hopefully until the end of the season.

“It means we have that little bit of a cushion heading to Windsor. Regardless of what happens, we’ll still be top of the league come Saturday evening.

“It puts a little bit more pressure on Linfield, knowing they have to get something out of the game, or end up potentially seven points behind,” he added.

But he admitted that this game is not a title decider.

“It’s always a big game. I think a psychological edge us up for grabs this weekend.

“Linfield have won two of their last six games and they’re maybe under a bit of pressure to deliver.

“It’s a big game from a psychological point of view. If we were to win, we would go seven points clear at the top and it would put Linfield under big, big pressure for their subsequent games.

“They’d know if they slip up, they could be further behind.

“At the same time, if they win on Saturday, they’re only one point behind us and it’s game on.”