Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Big Mac aims to turn the heat up on Blues

Alan McDonald is planning to turn up the heat on Linfield in the title race tonight.

The Glentoran boss wants his players to use this evening's game against Cliftonville to its full advantage by piling the pressure on the Blues before the leaders travel to Glenavon tomorrow afternoon.

At present Linfield top the Irish Premier League table with their three point lead being maintained after a 0-0 draw with the Glens last weekend. That makes them huge favourites to claim the Gibson Cup for the third season in succession.

The Glens, however, can wipe out that advantage tonight by beating the Reds and making what is already an intriguing fight for the title even more interesting.

David Jeffrey's side will have their trip to Mourneview Park as a game in hand, but the onus would then be firmly on them to win that game in order to move within a point of the Championship with just one game to go.

Anything other than a win for the Glens in tonight's Sky Sports clash will give Linfield the opportunity to win the league tomorrow and that would be a disaster for McDonald.

"The last thing we want to do is hand Linfield the title on a plate after getting so close to them," said McDonald.

"We need to go and be positive," said McDonald.

"If we can deliver the same kind of performance as we did against Linfield and play to our maximum ability we can get maximum points. That will mean we are level until at least Saturday afternoon and that will pile the pressure on Linfield.

"When the pressure is on anything can happen and Glenavon will be up for that game."

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