Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

McAllister to ‘Spike’ Glentoran's title hope

Mark McAllister is planning to blast Linfield to their fourth consecutive title.

The Blues will have to shoot down Crusaders without suspended goal machine Glenn Ferguson - but the former Dungannon Swifts hitman believes the champions have sufficient firepower to crush the Crues and spark title celebrations.

Of course, Linfield need Cliftonville to stop Glentoran pocketing maximum points at the Oval, but McAllister is confident the Windsor Park men will do their job.

“Spike’s suspension is a massive blow,” said the 21-year-old. “He’s a big game player and in games like this he has delivered the goods.

“Glenn scored a great goal at Seaview earlier in the season and although I was at Dungannon at the time, it was one of the goals of the season, a super strike.

“With him missing this game, the responsibility to score goals falls on different shoulders, but I have no doubt we can get the goals and win we need.

“Even without Spike, we have a massive goal threat and we are capable of scoring goals against anyone. Unfortunately we have conceded late goals which has hurt us, but I always believe we can hurt teams.”

McAllister, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Sunday, joined Linfield in January on a mission to win medals — particularly the ones that are awarded after a league championship win.

Tomorrow that dream could become a reality and McAllister isn’t willing to consider any other outcome.

“I joined Linfield to taste success and helping them to win a league title would be very special,” he said.

“The fact is that the title is Glentoran’s to lose and we have to see whether they can cope with the pressure.

“Cliftonville, like Crusaders, will not make life easy for their opponents. I’ve enjoyed my time at Linfield, but the fans will see the best of me next season when I get a full pre-season under my belt.

“We have a good manager and squad of players and next season we will be stronger.

“Linfield have players who know what it takes to win a title so I have no doubt we will hold our nerve against Crusaders. Strange things can happen in football and things can go our way.

“There is still plenty of belief that the title will stay at Windsor and we can make that happen. We will certainly give our all in this final game and see how things pan out.”

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