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Crusaders 'Big Chicken' Jordan Owens is a cut above says Josh Robinson

By Graham Luney

Josh Robinson summed up Jordan Owens' importance to the Crusaders cause by warning 'if he goes I go!'

Owens is red hot this season, leading the Premiership goalscoring charts with eight strikes and a brace in the 3-0 win over Linfield last weekend helped the champions move to within two points of the league leaders.

Crues boss Stephen Baxter even suggested the man they call 'Big Chicken' should catch the eye of Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill ahead of the crunch Euro 2016 qualifying clash with Greece on October 8.

"Big Chicken will always win matches for us," said centre-back Robinson. "I wouldn't like to play against him - if he leaves us I'll go somewhere to play with him!

"The big man is unstoppable. Billy Joe Burns fairly gets up and down the wing and gets some super crosses in. He is real quality and sets the chances up for big Chicken to finish them off."

The Crues have won five league games on the spin including huge victories over Cliftonville and Linfield.

Robinson added: "It was a massive win for us against Linfield and we all felt in the dressing room it was a massive statement from us.

"Hopefully we can push on now and carry on that form.

"Defensively, from Christmas last year we have looked strong and we have built a formidable unit there, there is no messing around. We know how important our jobs are and clean sheets will win us matches because look at the firepower we have.

"We have momentum now and let's see where it takes us. It's important we are near the top of the league come Christmas.

"There is enough quality here to win the title again, but you take it game by game and the first target is to be challenging going into the new year."

Baxter's boys are on the road tomorrow, with Coleraine Showgrounds their next stop.

"We are always looking to improve and you have to do that by bringing in good players and we have done that," said the Seaview supremo. "The good news is we are being competitive in the market to get good players."

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