IRISH LEAGUE: David Healy craves consistency from Linfield following County Antrim Shield win

Linfield progressed to the final of the County Antrim Shield on Tuesday
Linfield progressed to the final of the County Antrim Shield on Tuesday

David Healy is craving consistency as he looks to get Linfield climbing the Danske Bank Premiership table again.

The Blues endured a horrid month of November, losing all four league fixtures.

They hinted at signs of a revival with a spirited 1-0 win over Coleraine two weeks ago, but that hard work was undone by last Saturday’s frustrating 1-1 draw against 10-man Ballinamallard United.

But after booking their place in the final of the County Antrim Shield on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Carrick Rangers, Healy is hoping his players carry that momentum into Saturday’s Premiership clash with Ballymena United.

“Everyone outside of Windsor seems to have an opinion of Linfield. It is up to us to go out and prove what we are all about,” the Blues boss said.

“It can’t be one game, or two games. It has to be a consistent level of performance every time we play, especially at Windsor Park.

“People think it is a good time to play Linfield, but hopefully we can start putting a little bit of fear into teams.

“We have to build on Tuesday’s win over Carrick. I was hoping we would push on from the Coleraine win, but then we stopped again against Ballinamallard.

“We can’t afford to be stop-start, especially when we are playing at Windsor Park.”

Linfield slipped to fifth in the table following last week’s draw with the Mallards.

They currently trail league leaders Crusaders by a hefty 11 points as they approach a busy Christmas and New Year period.

Despite falling behind their title rivals in recent weeks, Healy remains confident his side can mount a genuine challenge for the Gibson Cup.

“I believe we can mount a title challenge, but I realise it is a long road back,” he added.

“Crusaders are sitting at the top, but they have to play the top teams a couple of times. They might get injuries or suspensions.

“It is up to us to put ourselves in a better position, but we realise it will be tough. We won’t give up until it is mathematically impossible.”