David Healy full of praise for goalkeeper Chris Johns

David Healy has praised Chris Johns after a series of impressive performances by the goalkeeper in recent weeks.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 3:32 pm

As Linfield close in on a 55th league title Johns has stepped up to the mark pulling off a number of crucial saves to keep them at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership.

The former Coleraine stopper is showing the type of form which has earned him rave reviews in recent seasons after a difficult spell following his summer move to Windsor Park.

Healy though is quick to defender his keeper and says the last few weeks shows why he is rated as one of the best in the local game.

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Chris Johns in action for Linfield

“Chris has been brilliant since he joined us,” he told the club website.

“People will say he maybe could have done better with a couple of goals, but he’s a brilliant lad to work with.

“His focus and concentration has been exceptional.

“When you come to Linfield there’s lots of times in games when you don’t have to do anything.

“When needed in games he has popped up with some crucial saves like he has done over the last couple of weeks.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Chris. He’s a brilliant lad who loves training and playing.

“He comes to training with a good work ethic. He’s from good stock, obviously his dad was an experienced rugby international.

“Chris is fully focused on his job, and what pleases me most is that when we need him to make a big save he produces like he has done in the last couple of weeks.”

The Blues head to Glenavon this evening knowing they only need another three wins to retain the Gibson Cup.

Healy though says it is still one game at a time for his side.

“It will be another tough game down at Mourneview,” he said.

“The players are well drilled and we’re certainly not going to get too far ahead of ourselves.

“We understand where we are at and what it’s going to take to take us where we want to be.

“If we do our jobs properly over the next two three games like I know we can we will see where we are after that.”

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