Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Crues won't lie down, says Baxter

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter last night assured his Glentoran counterpart Alan McDonald that the Crues will give it their all against Linfield tomorrow afternoon - although the former Blueman favours his old club.

The Blues will be champions as long as they avoid defeat at Seaview and they can even afford to lose the game as long as the Glens don't wipe out the Windsor Park side's superior goal difference of seven.

McDonald's men will be going all out for goals in the hope that Crusaders can pull off a victory and Baxter will send his team out looking for three points.

"It's going to take a miracle," said Baxter. "Glentoran are going to need to score a lot of goals, but David Jeffrey will know that he will not come here for us to roll over.

"If Linfield win here they will be very worthy champions. If they lose here and Glentoran don't get enough goals then they'll have made it by the skin of their teeth.

"Whoever wins it will be worthy champions."

The Crues need a victory to ensure a top-six finish in the league - although with their rivals for that position Newry City and Ballymena United up against each other the worst the Crues can do is seventh.

That is still a long way from being among the contenders for the title, but Baxter knows full well why the teams outside the top three aren't further up the table.

"It's over a long campaign and these teams have around 70 points to our 40 ," said Baxter.

"That shows you the strength in depth of the top teams."

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