Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Linfield v Glentoran: Fordyce ready for boo-boys

Daryl Fordyce isn’t worried about the Glentoran boo-boys tomorrow — because he expects the Linfield fans to be in full voice at Windsor Park.

The 24-year-old made the controversial leap across the Big Two divide over the summer and he expects the away fans to give him a hostile reception at his new home.

Although Fordyce gave everything to the Glentoran cause since joining them in 2007, the Sandy Row man supported the Blues as a boy and now he feels he belongs on the Windsor Park stage.

Glens boss Scott Young was upset at the departure of Fordyce and in an unusual development, Linfield chief David Jeffrey expressed his anger at their rivals announcing the player’s exit to the Blues in the summer.

That’s all water under the bridge as far as all parties are concerned but there is no doubt that Glentoran’s loss is Linfield’s gain and Fordyce would love to smash in his first league goal for his new club tomorrow.

The former Northern Ireland Under-21 international knows the Glentoran faithful might give him a verbal bashing but he’s ready for it.

“I know I have made the move across the Big Two but I’m treating this as just another game and I want to win it and get three points,” said Fordyce (pictured).

“It’s not going to feel strange playing against the Glens. I am where I want to be, I grew up supporting Linfield and I’m enjoying it though after scoring in Europe I want to get on the scoresheet in the league.

“I know some Glentoran fans will have a pop at me but I’m not worried about it.

“I would expect the Linfield fans to get behind the team and cheer us on to a home victory.”

Fordyce, who spent part of his football education at Portsmouth, wants Linfield to maintain their 100 per cent record — the only side in the Carling Premiership who can now claim that.

However, it’s still very early in the current campaign and Jeffrey knows only too well that the wheels can fall off the bandwagon pretty quickly.

The Blues will expect a Glentoran backlash tomorrow after their shock loss at home to Donegal Celtic and Fordyce knows what his old comrades are capable of.

“Like anyone else, when you have suffered a disappointing defeat you want to get back on track quickly,” he added.

“And we all know how strong Glentoran are, one to 11 and I know what Big Two games are like and how unpredictable they can be.”

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