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David Jeffrey is gearing up for a Glentoran onslaught

David Jeffrey has warned his Linfield players to expect a Glentoran backlash this afternoon.

Oval boss Scott Young brings his team to Windsor Park for the first Big Two showdown of the season but they are still reeling from their shock 2-1 home defeat to Donegal Celtic last weekend.

If the champions can conquer the old enemy today they will be six points clear of the Glens after only four matches.

However, Blues boss Jeffrey is anticipating a battle as his men aim to preserve their 100% record this season.

"People can say this is a bad time for the Glens to be playing us but they are coming off the back of a disappointing defeat and they will be desperate to get that result of their system," said Jeffrey.

"What we have heard since the Donegal Celtic game has been a real call to arms and a need for Glentoran players to stand up and be counted. They will rise to the challenge of facing us and we must meet that. There is no doubt we will be facing a very committed Glentoran team."

Meanwhile, Portadown moved joint top of the Premiership with Linfield last night after a 1-0 home win over rivals Glenavon.

Crusaders had to settle for a 1-1 draw after an injury time equaliser from Coleraine's David Scullion. A Jordan Baker brace helped Ballymena United to a thrilling 3-2 win at Donegal Celtic while Dungannon Swifts saw off Carrick Rangers 3-1.

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