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Halliday's out for last laugh again

By Chris Holt

Published 22/12/2007

Glentoran striker Michael Halliday may have an impressive goalscoring record against Cliftonville, but he isn't reading into it too much.

The 29-year-old has a knack of finding the net against the Reds and Glenmen will be looking to him to come up trumps again today when the sides meet at Solitude in a crunch top of the table clash.

If chosen to start against Cliftonville, Halliday will certainly be a player that the home defence will have to keep a close eye on.

He showed last week with a stunning back-heel against Crusaders after coming off the bench, that despite going on a run without scoring, he hasn't lost that killer instinct.

But he knows that with the form that the Reds are in, he may not get too many chances and will have to be sharp from the very first moment he steps onto the pitch - a pitch in which he knows all to well where the goal it.

"I have done OK against Cliftonville over the years and have scored quite a few goals against them," he said.

"I remember a while ago I went on a run of scoring the winning goal for four or five games in a row and a lot of them were late in the game too.

"Its obviously good to have a good record against a team but it doesn't really matter.

"I don't think it will cause Cliftonville to do anything different in their preparation for the game just because a player has scored a few against them in the past.

"One thing that is a bit different though is that as a team we have got some very good results against them. This time last year we beat them at the Oval and again at Solitude.

"Having said that though, almost all of the games have been very close and there isn't much between the two teams."

The game promises to be a classic encounter, with two teams who have the ability to get the ball down and play some very entertaining football.

But as far as Halliday is concerned, Cliftonville are the best in the league at doing just that.

"They used to be very physical and difficult to play against," he said.

"It was hard and they were difficult to break down - especially at home.

"Now though they have added to that and they are still quite physical but are a great football side as well.

"I would say they are the best in the league in that sense, certainly the best that we have played and they have some very good players.

"I am not surprised that they are challenging again this year.

"They were pretty close last year and went as far as they could possibly go but now they have added to the squad and look like they are capable of going one step further.

LAST night's Carnegie Premier League match between Dungannon Swifts and Donegal Celtic was postponed due to fog.

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