Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Linfield need killer instinct: Carvill

Linfield tossed everything including the kitchen sink at Portadown last weekend and still returned to Belfast with nothing to show for it.

As frustrating days at the office go, it is right up there with facing a basketball team with Thierry Henry in their ranks.

Blues boss David Jeffrey had called for his side to be more clinical and they created enough chances in mid-Ulster to win several games.

But one of the oldest rules in the game is that if you don’t take chances, you will be punished.

Linfield were punished in ruthless fashion by Ronnie McFall’s side — the same Portadown team that netted eight goals at Dungannon Swifts.

Jeffrey’s men travel to Stangmore Park tomorrow and the manager might just check that the shooting boots have been loaded onto the team bus.

Striker Michael Carvill — who missed a penalty during the Northern Ireland Under-23 side’s 2-2 draw with Wales this week — admits Linfield’s current headache is not creating chances, but finishing them off.

“We’ve gone off the boil when it comes to killing teams off and that problem has to be addressed not just by the strikers, but by all the players as we defend and attack as a team,” he said.

“We are creating plenty of chances which is good but pretty football won’t win you titles. It’s goals that win you matches and get you the points to finish top of the table.

“I wouldn’t say the strikers are under more pressure to convert chances as it’s up to the midfielders as well to chip in with goals but we are doing something right to be joint top scorers in the league.

“We should have scored a few goals against Portadown before they got their noses in front and we understand that can happen when you don’t start putting chances away.

“It’s disappointing but you can learn from a defeat like that.”

The 1-0 defeat at Portadown has offered encouragement to Linfield’s closest rivals Crusaders and Glentoran and Carvill understands the importance of returning to winning ways tomorrow.

“It’s a tough place to get a result but we have to start scoring again if we want to win games,” added the former Wrexham player.

“We know that Portadown scored eight goals there but that was a freak result and we aren’t looking at anyone else.

“We have a job to do and we are focused on that.

“What other teams do is beyond our control but the Swifts deserve a lot of respect.

“They are fourth in the league table and they gave us a tough game at Windsor Park. We managed to beat them 1-0 but it was a tight game.”

Linfield’s top goalscorer in the league this season is Jim Ervin with six strikes.

Carvill and Paul Munster are both one goal behind their teammate and anxious to find the net again.

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