Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Linfield star McAllister expects goals to flow

Carling Premier League match between Linfield and Crusaders at Windsor Park Belfast. Linfield's Mark McAllister celebrates
Linfield's Mark McAllister, who scored a brace last night in the eight-goal rout of Crusaders at Windsor Park, celebrates with fellow goalscorer Jamie Mulgrew
Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter

Mark McAllister doesn’t mind who scores the goals for Linfield — as long as they keep winning.

The striker got the Blues off to a flying start with the first two goals in their 8-1 mauling of Crusaders at Windsor Park on Monday evening, doubling his tally in the Carling Premiership in the process.

“As long as I am playing well and creating chances, I don’t really mind who scores,” he says.

“A hat-trick would have been brilliant, but I’ll settle for the two.”

Crusaders had no answer to Linfield’s speed and power as they were simply blown off the park.

McAllister had them two goals to the good after just 18 minutes, leading 5-1 at the interval with further strikes by Jim Ervin, Curtis Allen and Peter Thompson. Goals from Aaron Burns, Allen and Jamie Mulgrew completed the rout in the second half.

The Blues have scored 12 in the past two matches, after taking over at the top of the Carling Premiership with a 4-0 win over Newry last Friday and they are now four points clear at the top.

And Northern Ireland under-21 international McAllister reckons the way they have been playing, someone was going to be in for a hiding sooner or later.

“We’ve been threatening to do that for a few weeks now,” he added.

“This was one of those games where we took all our chances.

“But it’s still only three points and we have to move on. It’s funny what a couple of weeks can change. We were struggling to score and under a wee bit of pressure but we were always confident it would come.

“Peter (Thompson) has been scoring a lot of goals and against the Crues it wasn’t just him, they were coming from throughout the whole team, even the fullbacks.

“People are getting forward and we are creating a lot of chances.”

McAllister says the 4-3-3 formation manager David Jeffrey came up with for the Champions League tie against Rosenborg was now paying dividends at home.

“Against Rosenborg we did very well as an attacking unit with myself, Peter and Curtis Allen,” he explained.

“It’s different in the Irish League because we are expected to go out and attack. And in the last few weeks since the Glenavon game we have been playing very well.”

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