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That’s Linfield's last slip: Thommo

Peter Thompson is determined to end his loan spell at Linfield as a champion and last night he warned his Windsor Park team-mates that any more slip-ups could cost them the Carling Premiership title.

And that means no repeat of Tuesday night’s shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Glenavon, which allowed Glentoran to cut their Belfast rival’s lead at the top of the table to just two points.

The blow dealt by the Lurgan Blues wasn’t as heavy as it might have been though as Linfield have a game in hand, which comes away to Institute tonight.

Victory is important at Drumahoe, though, as with the Blues in Setanta Sports Cup semi-final action next weekend anything less would allow the Glens to wipe out their advantage on Easter Saturday ahead of a Big Two battle at Windsor Park on Easter Tuesday.

“When you have games in hand it’s all about cashing in on them,” said Thompson.

“It’s always said that the points are more important than games in hand. Now this is our opportunity to turn our game in hand into points and give ourselves a decent lead going into the last five games.

“It’s good to have an opportunity to get back on track so quickly after the defeat to Glenavon and it’s important that we win the game.

“We can’t afford to slip-up and we can’t take our eye off the ball because at this stage of the season there’s not many opportunities to recover if you lose a game.”

Thompson returned to Linfield from Stockport County on a six-month deal back in January and while the Blues ended last season trophy-less without the 25-year-old, it’s a case of ‘as you were’ now that he’s back, with the WIndsor Park men not only leading the title chase, but also in the running for another double, with an Irish Cup semi-final in two weeks time.

And that’s as well as another shot at the all-Ireland Setanta Cup.

“I can’t remember what the position was at the top of the league when I came back in January, but the intention at that time was to go on and win it,” said Thompson.

“That hasn’t changed. I got used to winning the league at Linfield, but you have to work hard to get it and anything else that we might pick up along the way will be a bonus."

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