Andy Waterworth determined to play his part in Linfield's league quest

Andy Waterworth may not be playing as regularly as he would want for Linfield, but the striker feels he can still play a major role in their hunt for another league title.

Saturday, 17th April 2021, 6:02 am

Last Saturday was the perfect example of the front man’s worth as he came off the bench to score a late equaliser against Larne.

The Blues are never happy dropping points but Waterworth, who turned 35 last week, knows that point could be vital come the end of the season.

“Given the nature of the game and being 1-0 down, and with us not being ourselves in the first half to come away from Larne with a point is by no means a bad result,” he said.

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Andy Waterworth is mobbed by his team-mates after his equaliser against Larne

“There are a lot of things we can improve on, but I thought the boys took their medicine from the first half, they didn’t sulk but continued to work hard and they stuck in there.

“Of course we don’t like dropping points, but given the situation that was an okay point for us.

“It epitomised what the boys have been about over the last couple of weeks.

“We desperately want to land the Gibson Cup again, and that’s another point closer to doing that.

“It’s by no means over, but coming away with a point from Larne was a decent psychological boost for us.

“You want to play games, but it’s the manager’s decision,” he added.

“I can’t complain at the minute because the boys are flying. All I can do is be a team player and support my team and come on and help them when they need it.

“We have a great changing room, and we all know we have to deliver league titles here, we’re all working together to achieve that.”

The league leaders face another stiff examination today as they welcome Ballymena United to Windsor Park.

The Sky Blues picked up all three points against the Blues at The Showgrounds recently and Waterworth knows the importance of today’s game.

“We understand the importance of every game,” he said.

“We know one poor result can lead to a few poor results.

“We don’t want to let that creep in and are fully focused.

“Ballymena are a fantastic team but we’ll be focused on getting another three points.”

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