No crisis claims Linfield boss Healy

Glenavon's Daniel Kearns peels away after scoring the opening goal against  Linfield during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Mourneview Park.'Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Glenavon's Daniel Kearns peels away after scoring the opening goal against Linfield during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Mourneview Park.'Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Linfield boss David Healy was quick to brush off any talk of a crisis following his team’s 3-2 loss to Glenavon.

The Blues have now lost three league games in a row. Remarkably, that’s the first time they have suffered such a run since December 2002.

Despite only being in the job a few weeks, Healy says there are issues but added that he will fix them.

Asked if he was feeling any pressure he said: “Every game I’ve stepped out as manager of Linfield there’s pressure on me.

“I don’t need pressure from supporters or from anyone else. It comes from me.

“We aren’t good enough at the minute and that’s something I have to address.”

Healy’s men were beaten by a hard-working Glenavon team who deserve lots of credit for their attacking prowess. They had to take the lead three times, surrendering their advantage twice but, as assistant manager Paul Millar said, that shows the character in the Glenavon dressing room.

In contrast to Linfield, they have now won three games on the bounce.

He said: “I’m delighted that we got something from the game. It was a really open game of football and a real team performance by us.

“Neither side was giving anything away. It wasn’t that once we scored that Linfield’s heads dropped - they actually raised their game.

“We have lost two games since August so it’s not just about our last three games. We have played some really good entertaining football, that’s why the crowds are coming back and I think games like this one show why.”

That entertaining play has been complemented by the arrival of Daniel Kearns. He linked up with Eoin Bradley to score the opener, showing great composure to beat Ross Glendinning.

Linfield pulled level thanks to a moment of magic from Jamie Mulgrew, who sent a dipping shot from all of 25 yards past Jonathan Tuffey.

Joel Cooper put Glenavon in front just after the restart, hitting a cross-come-shot which crept in after Bradley cleverly stepped out of the path of the ball to surprise the goalkeeper.

But Linfield refused to lie down and were back on level terms when Mulgrew spotted the run of Kirk Millar, slipping the ball through to allow him to beat the on rushing Tuffey.

The hosts got back in front for the third time with 15 minutes to go. Linfield conceded a free kick for handball 20 yards from goal. Andy Hall fired the cross into the box, it came back off the post and Cooper raced in to make sure.

Healy said he was disappointed with his side’s display.

“It’s always disappointing when you concede goals,” he said. “Credit to the boys because we fought back but we ended up not getting a result from the game.”

Asked what if he could identify the problem, he simply said: “We keep losing.”