Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

'Gutted' Jeffrey blasts Bluemen

Linfield boss David Jeffrey last night criticised his defence for " individual errors" as his side threw away three points in the Solitude showdown against Cliftonville.

The match, which was the first Irish League game broadcast live by Sky television to a global audience, came to life in the second half with four goals.

Glenn Ferguson opened the scoring for the Carnegie Premier League champions but Cliftonville equalised two minutes later through David McAlinden. Thomas Stewart restored Linfield's lead but substitute Stephen O'Neill headed home the game's final goal in the 82nd minute to ensure a 2-2 draw.

Jeffrey said: "I'm gutted with the two goals we conceded. You don't expect balls to travel 60 yards and not be dealt with so I've a whole range of emotions but I'm disappointed with how we conceded the two goals.

"It's individual errors. Alan's (Mannus) put his hand up for the first goal - he should have dealt with the cross and for the second goal Paul McAreavey let the lad run when he should have made the clearance."

Cliftonville assistant boss Tommy Breslin said: ""A draw was probably a fair result in the end. We still feel that if we finish above Linfield we will win the league."

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