Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Linfield: Crisis, what crisis?

Linfield manager David Jeffrey

Linfield manager David Jeffrey was today insiting there is no crisis at Windsor Park, despite enduring one of the worst runs in his tenure at the club.

Jeffrey and Linfield of course are used to winning having claimed doubles, trebles and Grand Slams in recent seasons, but Blues fans tend to live in the now.

And right now they are far from happy.

The Linfield faithful booed their side off the pitch last night after seeing them lose 3-0 at home to Dungannon Swifts in the first leg of a third round Co-operative Insurance Cup tie.

It was Linfield’s FOURTH defeat in a row following on from losses against Derry City in the Setanta Sports Cup and Ballymena United and Lisburn Distillery in the JJB Sports Premiership. In those four games Linfield have conceded a worrying TEN goals and have scored NONE.

On the flip side, it should not be all doom and gloom because if Linfield win their game in hand they will go TOP of the league table and in Jeffrey they have one of the greatest managers the local game has ever had.

He is distressed at what is going on at present, but maintains the club is not in crisis.

“If you analyse the match, the first goal came after Damien Curran gave away a free needlessly, the second came after Glenn Ferguson lost the ball and William Murphy makes a mistake – and we gave the ball away on the halfway line for the third.

“I keep talking about rebuilding the side but put that to the side totally; the only players that came out of this game with any credit were Michael Carvill and Noel Bailie.

“The mistakes made weren’t by our youngest, newest players, we are talking senior players.

“A positive was the spirit we showed in the second half but, outside of two chances for Robert Garrett and Carvill, we didn’t look like scoring; it is a frustrating time.”

Jeffrey added: “Crisis is an emotive word. A blind man can see that we need someone to put the ball in the net, but we also need players not to be making elementary mistakes. People like to use crisis, but it is not a very analytical word.

“We need to buck up our ideas or this is going to be a very long season.

“I am not resting on my laurels thinking we can have an off-season; that is simply not the case. I am frustrated as I have brought several players in, but we need senior players and our better players to perform and that is not happening,” he added.

In contrast to how Linfield were feeling, Dungannon Swifts players and their new boss John Cunningham were in jubilant mood after goals from Ryan Mullan, Jamie Tomelty and Marc McCann earned them a shock win.

“It was a great game to be involved in, at a great venue and against a great team. I have to be happy with the performance. It has been a good first week in the job, but we have met Linfield at a good time,” confessed Cunningham.

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