Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Dickson will only focus on Glenavon test at Windsor

The Carnegie Premier League's match of the day may be going on in north Belfast tomorrow, but there's only one game that Linfield's Mark Dickson is interested in.

While Cliftonville and Glentoran battle it out at Solitude, the Blues have a tricky encounter of their own to contend with when Glenavon head to Windsor Park.

A draw between top of the table Reds and the Blues' Big Two rivals who are currently third would appear to be the perfect result for the champions.

Some Linfield fans may have their ears glued to a radio to hear how events are unfolding across the capital, while they watch their own team, but according to Dickson, his focus and that of his team mates is on the visit of the Lurgan Blues.

"Of course it is a big game at Solitude but we don't care about that," said Dickson, who as a postman is already busy enough this time of year.

"All we are worrying about is Glenavon and what we have to do to get the three points against them. We have to stay focused on our own game.

"If you start worrying about other teams then you lose track of what you are supposed to be doing. We'll just concentrate on Glenavon which will be tough enough as it is without worrying about what is going on in other games."

Collie Malone's men arrive in Belfast as one of those teams loitering perilously close to the relegation zone, yet at the same time, a winning game or two away from a respectable position in the top half.

It's tight in and around that part of the table and there are teams there who on their day can cause an upset. Dickson is well aware of Glenavon's threat and he says there is no way that Linfield will be taking them lightly.

" They (Glenavon) seem to be playing better away from home than they are at their own ground so obviously we have to be wary of that," he admitted.

"They are among a number of teams in the league - most of them in fact - who if they are on their game, can beat anyone in the league. We have seen that this season and there have been a few other shocks along the way too.

"The league is very tight this year and teams are going to be picking up points all over the place so we have to be consistent and not let any complacency sneak in or we will be punished.

"We have already played Glenavon this year in the CIS Cup and they gave us a very tough game at Windsor Park so we will expect nothing different tomorrow." Dickson is likely to make a rare start tomorrow for the clash with the Mourneview men having come on for Tim Mouncey at half time in last week's impressive 3-0 win over Newry City.

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