Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Thompson can’t win title for Linfield on his own, says Blayney

Linfield goalkeeper Alan Blayney has told the rest of his teammates that they must take the goalscoring burden away from off-form Peter Thompson.

The Blues have had no problems at the back, with Blayney and his backline masterminding their fourth clean sheet in a row in the scoreless draw with Glentoran at the Oval on Monday.

But at the other end things aren’t going quite so smoothly with Davy Jeffrey’s men having only found the net six times in nine games.

With the Blues five points off the leaders but with a game in hand, that means the champions have reverted to grinding out results again.

The emphasis is now on the front men, and not just Thompson, to step up but Blayney says there is a collective responsibility to get the goals.

“It’s not all on Peter’s shoulders, a lot of people have put unnecessary pressure on him.

“Yes, he puts pressure on himself to score and he’s very hard on himself, he’s a bit of a perfectionist. But there are other strikers there who can put the ball away, it’s not only up to Peter.”

Blayney, who was once again called into the Northern Ireland squad for the double header with Italy and the Faroe Islands, added: “We played OK (on Monday), we just can’t seem to get the goals. Saying that, we haven’t conceded that many either.

“We’ll be okay, once someone starts scoring then I think that everyone will so we will just keep going and it will come.”

Blayney also praised the men in front of him who kept out a Glens team who have scored 18 Carling Premiership goals already.

“Our defence was very good, I only had a couple of saves to make and Chris Casement and Davy Armstrong have come in there and done exceptionally well,” said the keeper.

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