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Allen has goal in mind against Linfield

By Stuart McKinley

Saturday October 8, 2011 is a date that Curtis Allen has had imprinted in his mind for a while.

It’s not his birthday, neither is it any special anniversary for him or his family.

No, tomorrow is the day when he faces Linfield for the first time since his departure from Windsor Park and he will do so with a point to prove.

The 23-year-old striker was released by the Blues in the summer, but it didn’t take long for him to be snapped up.

In fact, Coleraine manager Oran Kearney was on the phone the very next day and within 48 hours he’d signed for the Bannsiders.

Four goals in 10 league games so far shows that he has lost none of his goalscoring touch and the former Lisburn Distillery man would love to make that five at the Coleraine Showgrounds tomorrow.

“I thought I did well during my two years at Linfield and scored a lot of goals, but obviously the manager didn’t think I did well enough to be offered another contract,” said Allen.

“That’s what happens in football. I’m at Coleraine now and I’m enjoying playing every week rather than being in for a couple of weeks and maybe not playing again for a month like happened a lot at Linfield.

“I’m looking forward to playing against Linfield and hopefully I can prove a few people wrong.”

Allen’s link-up with ex-Chelsea trainee Leon Knight in the Coleraine front line has all the makings of an exciting partnership. Both have great pace, a keen eye for goal and it’s no surprise that their combination has brought a rise in expectations at the north-west club.

“We’ve started well, Leon’s a brilliant player and he’s been there and done it,” said Allen.

“When he gets on the ball he knows the runs you’re going to make and he plays the ball nice and early.

“It takes time to develop an understanding, but we’ve shown what we could be getting there. I think we can go on and form a very, very good partnership.

“We’ve started to learn what each other likes — where we want the ball and what we’re going to do.”

And Allen hasn’t given up on winning trophies even though he’s no longer with Linfield.

“It’s maybe going to take a while for us to build and get closer to the Big Two, but I don’t see why we can’t win something this year,” said Allen.

“This season is a learning curve for everyone. Oran’s new into the job and we’re just trying to play well every week and take things a step at a time and then you never know what we might be able to achieve.”

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