Belfast Telegraph

Cliftonville will hit back, vows defender Johnny Flynn

By David Mason

Cliftonville defender Johnny Flynn believes his team will have little difficulty in shaking off their midweek defeat when Glenavon make the journey to Solitude tomorrow.

The Reds not only lost their first game under new manager Gerard Lyttle, but they also surrendered the County Antrim Shield following an agonising extra-time defeat by Linfield

But Flynn insists it will give the north Belfast an even bigger incentive to keep their Danske Bank Premiership challenge on track against Gary Hamilton's impressive Lurgan Blues.

"Yes, we were disappointed, especially as we were the Shield holders," said the 26-year-old centre back. "We'll certainly take a lot from the game. Linfield are the form team so far . . . they are sitting at the top of the table.

"They are one of the teams we need to be beating. Glenavon is another big game, but you can say that about them all. We used a lot of energy in the midweek game, so it's going to be very difficult.

"You know what you are going to get against a team like Glenavon. They pushed Crusaders to wire last week and, by all accounts, they were unlucky not to come away with at least a point."

Flynn is also expecting another physical battle against the in-form Eoin Bradley.

He added: "He's a handful. He uses his body strength well. It's something we'll need to counteract.

"But they also have Kevin Braniff, who is really the main man. If he gets the ball and is allowed time and space, he'll cause you damage.

"He plays off Bradley, so it's important to keep him quiet. But Glenavon have dangerous players all over the pitch."

Flynn insists the Reds can take a lot of positives from their midweek showing at Windsor Park.

"It really could have gone either way. We were well in the game, it was down to whoever took their chances. Had it been a league game, we would have left with a deserved point. But when it goes to extra time, anything can happen."

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