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Linfield manager Warren Feeney refusing to admit defeat in race for glory

By Gareth Cauldwell

Linfield manager Warren Feeney felt his side lacked the required hunger as they let two crucial points slip with a 1-1 draw against Ballinamallard United at Ferney Park on Tuesday night.

The Blues had led through Andy Waterworth's 39th minute goal but Ballinamallard secured a share of the spoils thanks to Colm McLoughlin's well worked equaliser.

"I'm very disappointed," said Feeney. "You can have a bad game but you've still got to work hard and I don't think we worked hard enough.

"It was too easy. Our passing was sloppy, we weren't anticipating things, we weren't getting into position early and we were waiting on things to happen.

"In games, we have been anticipating things and getting in there wanting to score and wanting to defend right and I don't think we did that."

And having taken the lead, Feeney was disappointed not to hold on for the three points although he was full of praise for the Mallards, who found the right response after shipping seven goals against Warrenpoint Town four days earlier.

"Full credit to Ballinamallard, they worked their socks off. I said before the game they would be looking for a response after the Warrenpoint loss and they certainly got a response.

"When we were 1-0 up, though, we had to see the game out. We weren't playing well but you've got to see the game through and unfortunately we didn't do that."

The draw leaves the Blues trailing league leaders Crusaders by six points although Linfield do have a game in hand and Feeney is keen to stress that there is a long way to go yet before the destiny of the Gibson Cup is decided.

"People say we have lost a bit of ground but I've been around the block long enough to know there's a long way to go. We have another game on Saturday to hopefully turn it around and get back on the winning track.

"I said to the players that it is all about Saturday now and we have to turn our attention to that," he commented.

Feeney gave debuts on Tuesday night to his two new signings, Grant McCann and the on-loan Glen Belezika.

"I thought Glen started well, he picked up a knock just before half time and we are down to our bare bones centre-half wise otherwise he would have come off.

"It's going to take Grant a while but I thought there was enough quality there when he gets the ball moving and ships it out from under his feet and I think he will be a fantastic signing for us."

Mallards boss Whitey Anderson said: "We deserved a point at least and the performance was outstanding. We showed fantastic character and we played some great football."

Glenavon have added central defender David Elebert to their ranks.

The 28-year-old agreed an 18-month contract with Lurgan Blues boss Gary Hamilton.

"David has played over 100 games in the Scottish Premier League and after a couple of short spells at Shamrock Rovers and Derry City he wants to prove he still has a lot to offer," said Hamilton.

Warrenpoint Town have confirmed the arrival of Paddy McNally and Jonny Frazer.

"We have maintained the squad we had bar the return of loan striker Ciaran O'Connor to his parent club Dundalk," said Town boss Barry Gray.

Former Celtic and Cliftonville player McNally (20) has international experience at under-17, 19 and 21 level while Frazer (19) joins from Linfield.

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