Linfield captain Noel Bailie offered “no excuses” for the Blues performance as they crashed to a 4-0 defeat to Cliftonville on Monday night.
And Bailie — the longest serving player at the club — can’t remember a worse 45 minutes in his Linfield career than the second-half in which the Reds scored three times.
The good news for Bluemen is that the skipper expects a very different Linfield display against Ballymena United on Saturday.
“In the second-half we didn’t perform at all and we were second best all-round,” said Bailie.
“It wasn’t the kind of performance that is expected from Linfield in any game, but especially against Cliftonville.
“You can get away with one or two players being below par, but when the vast majority of the team is not at their best then it becomes very difficult.
“We’d been playing some decent football in the first-half and I expected us to come out firing after half-time, but it didn’t happen and it has to be up there with the worst performances in my time.
“As bad as we were Cliftonville improved in the second-half as well.
“I would be very surprised if it isn’t a different Linfield when we play Ballymena — certainly that everyone saw in that second-half — and the onus will be on us to go and attack them.”