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Steven Beacom: Peter’s perfect for Linfield, pity it’s not working out for Spike

He's only been at Linfield for a couple of weeks but already Peter Thompson is turning out to be the signing of the season.

What a difference he has made to the Blues second time around. Suddenly they are making goals, scoring goals, winning games and looking an altogether different outfit to the one that was struggling earlier in the season.

The confidence is oozing out of David Jeffrey’s men at present. That was perfectly illustrated by events at the Coleraine Showgrounds on Tuesday night.

The home side equalised with just seven minutes left. A few months ago the Blues would have been happy to have left the north west with a point.

Not now, displaying commendable character and self belief they hit straight back and ended up winning 3-1.

No surprise that Thompson, on loan from Stockport, scored the final goal taking Linfield to the top of the Carling Premiership table.

The way Thompson has transformed Linfield from being an average side to an extremely dangerous one shows just how shrewd a capture the striker has been for David Jeffrey.

While all is going well for Thompson, his old striking partner at Windsor Park, Glenn Ferguson, is staring relegation square in the face with troubled Lisburn Distillery in his last season in the Irish League.

The Whites have lost 19 out of their 25 league games and are destined to finish bottom.

It’s not how 40-year-old Spike envisaged ending what has been a magnificent career. He deserves better than this.

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