IRISH LEAGUE: Linfield boss David Healy knows defeat is not an option

Linfield boss David Healy
Linfield boss David Healy

Linfield manager David Healy knows that defeat is not an option when his side travel to Ballinamallard United on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues trail league leaders Crusaders by seven points and with only six games left to te end of the season - a defeat or a draw against the Mallards would not be good enough for Healy’s men - but the manager says success is demanded at Windsor Park.

“The pressure is always on. Windsor Park is one of the hardest places to play when you wear a blue shirt.

“Some of the best players in the Irish League couldn’t handle playing here. They moved on elsewhere and thrived.

“It’s a hard place to manage at times as well, but I love it!”

And Healy believes his man are up for the challenge of catching the Crues and they are coming in to form at just the right time.

“The confidence in the squad has been building since we lost at home to Coleraine.

“We also drew with Portadown and suddenly we were in the middle of a crisis.

“But we’ve won the Co Antrim Shield, we’ve won our Irish Cup games and we are still battling in the league. So we are in good form.

“The last thing we want is to get ahead of ourselves - don’t forget, we are still seven points behind. You can’t hide the fact that we are still chasing down the current champions.

“We are still in there battling - and we’ve got the Irish Cup semi-final against Dungannon Swifts to look forward to. Ballinamallard are tough but we need the win.”