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Linfield defender Sean Ward waiting for Crusaders slip-up

By Stuart McKinley

Sean Ward is determined that Linfield will be ready to pounce on Crusaders' next slip-up - and he is hoping that it will be today.

The Blues defender has no intention of giving up on the title race and as well as targeting a Big Two victory against Glentoran at Windsor Park this afternoon, he is hoping for a favour from former boss David Jeffrey that would cut the gap at the top of the table to just four points.

A defeat at Portadown and a draw against Glenavon have damaged Linfield's chances of winning a first title since 2012, but what has made matters worse is that the Crues dropped points at the same time.

"We haven't thrown the towel in, but it has been frustrating in the last month that we've dropped points when Crusaders have dropped points and we haven't been able to capitalise," said Ward.

"There will be more points dropped in this title race, I have no doubt, we just have to make sure it isn't by us and that we are in a position to make the most of it when it happens.

"When the split comes and we are playing the other teams in the top six we'll be confident, because we haven't dropped too many points to them."

Jeffrey will take charge of Ballymena United for the first time when they travel to Crusaders today and Ward is wishing his old boss well - because it could help the Blues.

"I hope that David can do us a favour," added Ward. "It is great to see him back and nobody rallies players like he does."

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