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Blues fans full of praise for underdogs' gutsy display

 

By Adam McKendry

Linfield's fans were understandably proud of their team after last night's 2-0 defeat to Scottish champions Celtic at Windsor Park. With many believing Brendan Rodgers' 'Invincibles' would run away with the tie, the Blues rode a brilliant performance from Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll to record a respectable two goal defeat.

With a performance like that, it's left a lot of room for optimism within the team ahead of the new season, and the fans were more than happy with how their side played.

"I thought Celtic were the better team because they're a professional team," David McCain said.

"They played the ball around well and we chased shadows for the first half an hour and lost a couple of soft goals. But in the second half we played really well."

Eddie Williamson, another Blues supporter, agreed, saying: "Linfield didn't disgrace themselves, I thought they played very well.

"I mean, they were playing the Scottish champions and I think 2-0 was a fantastic score."

Another fan, who says he has followed the Blues for 28 years both home and away, believes that Celtic are the best side Linfield have played in Europe for a long time, and for that reason he was delighted with the performance.

"I was happy enough with how the Blues played," he said.

"You can't ask for much more against the best team Linfield have played in Europe since... I've been following them since 1989 and that's the best team we've played in Europe, so they've done rightly to hold on."

Glenn Paige admitted that he was concerned going into the game, but was delighted to see his Blues side prove him wrong.

"I thought it was a great match, Linfield played really well and I don't think the scoreline could have been much better to be honest!" he laughed.

Unfortunately the game was marred by problems during it and after the final whistle as Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths had missiles thrown at him while taking a corner, much to the Scot's displeasure, and tied a Celtic scarf to the goal in front of the travelling supporters in the Kop end at the final whistle.

"It's just a pity those eejits spoiled it for us in the corner," one fan commented.

"They'll probably never be at a Linfield game again."

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