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Thompson and Allen hit it off for Linfield

By Stuart McKinley

Peter Thompson doesn’t care who he is asked to play alongside in the Linfield attack.

That’s because the Blues star loves the challenge of forming a new partnership with whoever he is paired with.

Thompson’s link-up with Glenn Ferguson when he was first at Linfield is legendary. They delivered three successive league and cup doubles together, with another few trophies along the way.

Ferguson has gone and it is the man who he effectively swapped places with — ex-Distillery hitman Curtis Allen — who have hit it off of late.

Thompson and Allen came together somewhat by chance in the 5-0 win over Newry City ten days ago when they both bagged braces.

They were both on target in another 5-0 win over Lisburn Distillery on Saturday as the Blues closed to within two points of leaders Cliftonville in the Carling Premiership title race.

And Thompson believes that such is the quality of the frontmen in the Windsor Park squad that any of them can deliver goals no matter which two manager David Jeffrey selects.

“I can’t really remember how long it took me to develop an understanding with Glenn Ferguson, but I know it didn’t take long,” said Thompson, who will again lead the line as the Blues travel to Coleraine tonight.

“Glenn had great partnerships with David Larmour and Chris Morgan before I came along though, so I think he’s pretty easy to play with.

“I have never played with any of the other strikers at Linfield now before, but it’s not a problem.

“In fact, it’s an exciting challenge trying to develop a partnership.

“There will be the odd time when you’re not on the same wavelength, but it’s about trying to work out what the other player does, where they like the ball to be played and what positions they like to get into. I want to try to get to know the other lads on and off the pitch and the good thing for us is that all the strikers in the squad offer something different and no two of us are similar — certainly not too similar to play together.”

It’s the renewal of a partnership at the back that has also boosted the Blues of late.

Coleraine boss David Platt will miss tonight’s game as he is in England as part of his UEFA pro-licence course.

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