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Lyttle wants Cliftonville to step up

By Conor McLaughlin

Gerard Lyttle says Cliftonville should not see player absences as a reason to underperform - but rather as opportunities to stake a claim for places.

The Reds travel to face Linfield this evening with a host of players sidelined through injury and suspension but Lyttle says he wants his men to stand up and be counted in trying circumstances.

"If you're having to chop and change in key positions from one game to the next - just look at our central defence and central midfield in the last few months, for example - then you won't always get the kind of performance you're looking for," he explains.

"At the same time, though, I still think we should have done better than we have recently. Yes, we were missing a lot of players down in Ballinamallard and had a lot out against Glentoran, but I felt our line-ups were capable of getting more than just a point from the two games.

"It will be tough against Linfield but I'll be picking a team I believe is capable of getting something."

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