Cliftonville striker Mark Holland believes he and his team mates owe their supporters a result this weekend.
The 30-year-old was “gutted” at the events which unfolded in front of the live Sky Sports cameras at Solitude on Monday night and says that, rather than feeling sorry for themselves, Reds players should use that disappointment as a motivational tool ahead of Ballymena United’s visit on Saturday.
“We need to pick ourselves up and do everything we can to get the win,” he stresses.
“We had been playing fairly well in the weeks leading up to the Linfield game and we started the match in decent form, but then it all went downhill.
“I think 4-0 might have been a bit harsh on us but, at the end of the day, that’s how it finished.
“Linfield took their chances and we didn’t do enough either to stop them or score ourselves.
“We were all really down about it afterwards but the only people we should be feeling sorry for are our supporters. They were fantastic on Monday night and the atmosphere was out of this world. We didn’t justify the money they’d paid for their tickets and we have to make it up to them.
“We can only do that through hard work.”