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Lindsay is expecting a Linfield backlash

But Kris insists Glenavon can continue hot streak

By Adrian Rutherford

Kris Lindsay fears Glenavon will be facing a wounded animal when they host Linfield this afternoon.

The Blues have suffered back-to-back defeats and will be desperate to avoid an unwanted hat-trick at Mourneview Park - but they face a massive test against a Glenavon team high in confidence.

The Lurgan side have lost just once in the league since September.

But defender Lindsay, who spent five years at Windsor Park, believes that will be put to the test as Linfield seek to rediscover their winning touch.

"It's another massive game - at home to Linfield is always a huge test," Lindsay said.

"They are coming off the back of two defeats against Cliftonville and the Crues so they will be looking to bounce back.

"There are very few Linfield teams down the years who have been beaten three games on the bounce.

"But we're a decent side. We've been defending well and we're a threat going forward."

When the sides last met Linfield edged a seven-goal thriller, and Lindsay does not expect the stand-out game of the weekend to disappoint.

Linfield have the league's top scorer in Andrew Waterworth, while Glenavon's Eoin Bradley moved into double figures after heading the winner against Dungannon Swifts last time out.

But it's another player who has really caught Lindsay's eye.

Daniel Kearns, who previously played for Peterborough and Carlisle, signed last month and has made an instant impression.

Lindsay believes it is only a matter of time before he gets another crack at the big time.

"Daniel came in a few weeks back and he really shouldn't be playing in this league. His ability is frightening," Lindsay said.

"I would even doubt whether he will still be playing in this league come the end of January - he is that much of a quality player.

"With players like him, we know we're a threat going forward and we can cause Linfield problems.

"We've quality attacking players, from the two wingers who get on the ball and make things happen to the boys up front who get on the end of them.

"Yes, they will come here looking to win, but we're at home and we'll be expecting to take three points."

Glenavon sit fifth in the table, and their only defeat since losing at Windsor Park came against league leaders Crusaders.

Lindsay felt they were unfortunate not to take something from the game. He was also disappointed to have drawn with Cliftonville a week later.

They are big statements, and an indication of the confidence sweeping through the club.

Last weekend they scored a 93rd-minute winner against the Swifts.

And with Linfield and Glentoran next up, 31-year-old Lindsay believes it is crucial they maintain momentum.

"Winning games is always good but the manner in which we beat Dungannon, winning the game with 20 seconds to go, it just feels that bit sweeter," he added.

"We've been on a decent run of form. We had a couple of tough games and did well in both. We deserved to take something from the Crues game and didn't. Against Cliftonville we drew but possibly could have won it.

"So we're on a decent run and we just need to keep that going. Going to Dungannon and coming away with three points sets us up perfectly for the Linfield game.

"We've still some tough games ahead with the Glens the following week, so it is important to keep the momentum going and keep picking up points.

"We believe we are good enough to push up the table Our immediate aim is to catch Coleraine in fourth, and then we can see what happens after that."

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