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Tuffey sure Glenavon have more to offer in title race

By David Mason

Johnny Tuffey doesn't pay much heed to the Danske Bank Premiership table at this time of year, but admits a potentially defining 72 hours is looming. Glenavon entertain Linfield at Mourneview Park tomorrow before table toppers and current champions Crusaders leave their calling card on Tuesday.

The Lurgan Blues' erratic form has meant they have dropped off the pace, having fallen 10 points behind Stephen Baxter's team, which suggests there will be no room for error in either game.

"They are two massive matches," admitted goalkeeper Tuffey. "But our focus will be on the Linfield game, first and foremost. You can't afford to take your eye off the ball or you'll be punished.

"Linfield will be coming to our place off the back of a good result against the Crues. By all accounts a draw was a fair result. They have built up a bit of momentum and have become hard to beat. They are on a good run of form. We've already sampled their potential earlier in the campaign when they defeated us at Windsor, so we know what to expect. It will be a difficult game."

The former Northern Ireland international reckons the Lurgan Blues have yet to find top gear in the title race, adding: "We've had a few indifferent results but there is still a lot to come from this team.

"League tables don't tell you a lot at this time of the season. Yes, Crusaders and Linfield are up there (at the top) at the minute, but that can all change very quickly. It could be one of the most hotly contest and competitive title races for some time."

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