Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Newry City 0 Linfield 6

Linfield midfielder Michael Gault says that the side were due to give someone a hammering after they did just that at Newry Showgrounds on Saturday.

The Blues won 6-0 with a Curtis Allen hat-trick, two penalties from Jim Ervin and a Kris Lindsay header and against 10 men in the second half, after Stephen Garrett’s straight red card, it couldn’t have been easier for the Carling Premiership leaders.

“We’ve been playing well without really taking our chances,” admitted Gault.

“We had a few chances last week to get the goal then but Newry scored first. It was a totally different game and we got the first goal this time.

“When we got the second goal and then the sending off, it was more or less game over. But we still had to go out and try to take our chances and score as many goals as possible.

“The manager was driving it in at half-time to make sure we kept going and that it wasn’t over yet and we knew that as well. Once we got the third goal early in the second half the match was dead and buried and it improves our goal difference a lot as well.”

Gault, back to his marauding best in midfield, says that there was no point taking any notice of how other teams are doing at the top end of the table.

“We’re just looking out for ourselves but if the likes of Glentoran and Crusaders drop points then it’s an added bonus. If we keep picking up three points then the table will look after itself,” he said.

Manager David Jeffrey echoed the sentiments of his international, refusing to take pleasure in Glentoran’s heavy home to defeat to Coleraine. He knows his side have a job of their own to do and at the minute, they seem to be doing it just fine.

“To be really brutally honest, we’re only concentrating on ourselves. We’re not interested in any way, shape or form what is going on elsewhere.

“The reality for me at this moment in time is that we have picked up another three points at a very difficult venue and we’re five points ahead and our goal difference has been improved. We have only got to focus on ourselves and nobody else,” said Jeffrey.

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