Linfield boss David Healy up for Glentoran test at Oval

Linfield manager David Healy
Linfield manager David Healy

Linfield manager David Healy is looking for his side to express themselves when they take on Glentoran - live on Sky Sports - at the Oval on Monday night.

The Blues are sitting second in the Danske Bank standings after winning six and drawing three of their games to date.

And Healy wants his players to come out and show what they can do against a Glens side who have started the season brightly.

“It’s great game and a derby game is always big for the supporters. We didn’t do to well at the Oval last year so I have reminded the players of that fact.

“It is a big tasty game and the game is being shown live on Sky so it is a game where the players can go and express themselves and show how good they are.

“Show how much ability they have and it is a game we should be licking our lips and look to come away with another big three points.”

And the former Northern Ireland international was pleased with his side’s showing in their last league outing against Ballymena United which they won 2-1 at Windsor Park.

“It was a big win for us, Ballymena are a good team and they are always tough to play against.

“So to come from a goal behind when we gave away a soft goal from a set piece was not like us - but we got a good goal before half-time and then in the second half we got a great goal through Joel Cooper.

“It was a good goal because it was on his bad foot but the good thing was that the crowd rallied behind us.

“They were brilliant for us and the players responded to that.

“And I thought from the first minute of the game to the 90th the tempo of the game was very high.

“Ballymena United gave it a real go and it was great to win the game and get the three points.”

And Healy is pleased with the way Michael O’Connor has settled in well.

“He scored a good goal against Ballymena and he was in the right place at the right time.

“He is playing well and is doing well.”