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We don't do tap-ins but Crusaders will stay grounded, says Forsythe

By Alex Mills

Midfielder Jordan Forsythe insists Crusaders will have no problem coming back down to earth following their dramatic midweek win over Linfield.

Stephen Baxter's boys sent out a warning by producing a strong performance - one that suggested they are going to be serious Danske Bank Premiership title contenders.

They may have been deprived of an historic hat-trick of title successes last season when they were reeled in by David Healy's boys, but the Crues now appear to have a score to settle.

Their loyal fans got in on the act on Tuesday night. They produced a monster banner which stated 'Success is temporary. Loyalty is forever. We go again'.

Forsythe, one of the goalscorers in midweek, insists the Shore Road boys will be looking for a similar type of performance against struggling Ards at Seaview tomorrow.

"The gaffer just wants us to take each game as it comes," said Forsythe. "We need to be better all round in every game.

"Ards have not enjoyed the best of results so far, but we have to look after ourselves.

"There is hectic competition for places at Seaview. The first challenge is getting into the side. I'm quite versatile - I'll play anywhere, as long as I'm on the pitch.

"When you look at our bench the other night, it was frightening."

The midweek win took the Crues up to second place in the table and they are now beginning to find the net on a regular basis, bagging 19 goals in their last six league games.

"That's what we needed to get back to, scoring more goals," said Forsythe. "Yes, we need to keep putting the chances away, but it's equally important to stop them going in at the other end. Clean sheets are vital."

Although the midweek victory was crucial, Forsythe was quick to point out that the league campaign is still in its infancy. He said: "Yes, it was just three points, but it was a massive three points.

"Games like that can be so vital come the end of the season. They are brilliant to play in. Arguably, Linfield and ourselves are the two best teams in the league, so when we meet it is a bit special.

"It's a battle right from the off, so it was great to get the win. It was two big teams going at each other. And it's going to be like that for the rest of the season."

Forsythe and Paul Heatley's goals lit up Seaview on Tuesday. The midfielder added: "They were a bit special. We just don't do tap ins. That's what I like to do, cut in from the left and have a go. Nine times out of 10 they'll probably finish up in the back of the stand.

"This time it went into the top corner. I was thrilled to see it hit the net. Heatley's was unbelievable. But he is capable of that.

"He is a big, big player for our team. Only he could score a goal like that. But to be honest, we would have been happy if both of them were scrambled into the net off someone's knee.

"We were just thrilled with the win."

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