Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Northern Ireland call-up did the trick for Linfield keeper Blayney

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington has been given the credit for Linfield’s clean sheet record so far this season.

Worthington’s decision to re-call Blues keeper Alan Blayney to the international squad has reaped huge dividends as David Jeffrey’s men have quietly moved into second in the Carling Premiership.

Blayney’s stand-out performances last month, including a stunning display against Cliftonville when he saved three certain goals in the last five minutes, has earned him the Carling Player of the Month for September.

“I think getting called up has been a massive boost to my confidence this season,” said Blayney.

“It’s terrific to be back involved with the international squad and that has been reflected in my performances for Linfield.

“So I guess Nigel can take some of the credit as well as David Jeffrey and the rest of the lads at the Blues.

“When you play behind such a strong defence it makes my life easier but thankfully when I have been called upon, I’ve been able to make a few saves.

“It was a really good month for us and winning this award is a great way to round it off so I want to thank Carling for their continued support.”

Carling’s Niall McMullan said, “It’s great for the Carling Premiership that one of our players has been called upon by Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington. It just goes to show the high quality of the league.

“Alan has been exceptional for the Blues this season and fully deserves his September award. Carling is delighted to be at the heart of local football, supporting local talent, and bringing local people back to the game.”

Blayney picked up the award ahead of Glenavon's Trevor Molloy in second and third placed Gary Browne of Lisburn Distillery.

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