Belfast Telegraph

Munster eager to reclaim place in Linfield pecking order

By Graham Luney

Paul Munster says he’s ready to fight to regain his place in the Linfield team and fire the Blues to Premiership glory.

The striker is fit and available for selection after recovering from an ankle injury but competition for places in attack has become more fierce following Peter Thompson’s return to the club.

However, as the title race enters the final straight, Munster is desperate to hit the headlines again.

The 28-year-old hasn’t featured in the first team this month and he hasn’t found the back of the net since the 4-0 win at Donegal Celtic in the JJB Sports Irish Cup.

Thommo, Curtis Allen and Mark McAllister have sneaked ahead of him in the pecking order but Munster is ready to rock again.

And he could be the man to produce the goods for Jeffrey after his first half hat-trick heroics against the Crues at Seaview back in October.

“I have been trying to fight my way back into the team when I picked up a slight ankle injury in a reserve game against Glentoran,” said Munster.

“I will keep my head up and keep working hard, hoping a chance will come again.

“It looked like Coleraine enjoyed playing at Windsor Park with its bigger space and we must be wary of teams having that attitude.

“When you have games in hand you need to be winning them and losing at home is even tougher to take.

“I still feel the squad is good enough to win the league, you will get setbacks but you have to respond to them, get up and keep going.

“We did go on a good run but when a defeat comes it reminds you how tough the league is and how switched on you have to be in every game.

“You simply have to keep winning and the players simply have to keep performing.

“Crusaders are one of those teams who have improved and even thinking of winning the league. All we can do is deal with each opponent when they come — you can’t look ahead. Peter (Thompson) coming back has lifted the whole team though.”

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