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Linfield boss David Healy urges players to dig deep and keep up momentum

By David Mason

David Healy has urged his boys to produce another 90 minutes of passion and commitment in tomorrow's Premiership clash against Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park.

The Northern Ireland record goal scorer emerged from a traumatic week with a smile on his face after watching his nine men plunder a draw at Glenavon before tuning in their best away performance of the season to demolish Ballymena United on Tuesday - a result that helped cut the gap on Crusaders to four points at the top of the table.

Healy will now ask his braves to back up those performances with another five-star showing in Co Tyrone.

"I demand a lot from the players, but their efforts in recent games has been phenomenal," said Healy. "This is a group that I feel could go places. There is youth and experience - the players are desperate to win games, I'm desperate to win games.

"We'll need the same pride and passion at Dungannon Swifts. I watched them play against Coleraine. They are a good side and are particularly strong at home.

"But our boys are full of confidence at the minute. Hopefully, we can do go down there and get another positive result."

Healy believes his boys found a new hunger and desire at Mourneview Park on Saturday - when Roy Carroll and Matthew Clarke were both dismissed after only nine minutes.

He added: "Questions have been asked of my players. Are we capable, are we mentally strong enough? I think those questions have been answered in recent events.

"Even before Saturday's game at Glenavon, we have showed what we are about in games against Crusaders (0-0) and Cliftonville (3-0). We were unlucky not to take something from the match at Solitude when we lost 2-1.

"When the chips were down last week at Mourneview - two goals down and two men down - the fans really got behind the team which meant so much.

"They backed us and helped lift the players and the staff after the events that took place. But this club stands up, this club fights. The lads fought right to the bitter end and got their rewards.

"I know you have to take a few hits along the way, every club does. Since I've came to Linfield, we have taken some really bad hits in terms of poor decisions, but we are still in there fighting."

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