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Hands up, I'll get it sorted says McAreavey

By Stuart McKinley

Paul McAreavey has vowed to keep his hands to himself after feeling the wrath of manager David Jeffrey once too often.

The Linfield midfielder was yellow carded by referee Brian Turkington during Saturday's 1-0 win over Portadown for deliberate handball in an attempt to score a goal.

It isn't the first time he has been disciplined for such an offence.

Last season when he captained the Blues for the first time against Glenavon - on the day they made sure of being champions - the former Northern Ireland under-21 international was already on a booking when he handled the ball in the goalmouth and was subsequently sent-off.

Although he claims there were mitigating circumstance on Saturday, it won't happen again though, according to McAreavey.

"I was getting my head to the ball against Portadown before I was pulled back and that is when I handled the ball," said McAreavey.

"It is a rush of blood to the head and when I do handle the ball I instantly know that I shouldn't have done it.

"When I was sent-off against Glenavon last season it ruined a big day for me. It was special being captain of Linfield for the first-time, but the shine was taken off it.

"The manager has given me a major rap for it. He made it very well known that he is not happy with it happening at all, but nobody is more annoyed about it than me.

"I deserved it though, I have taken what he said on-board and it is not going to happen again."

Glenavon are the opponents at Windsor again tonight in the final round of CIS Cup group games in Group A.

The Blues have already secured their passage to the quarter-finals and they will host Lisburn Distillery in the last eight in two weeks time.

The Lurgan Blues, however, are still hopeful that they can qualify, but that will only happen if they win and Dungannon Swifts lose, with goal difference also having a part to play.

David Jeffrey plans to make changes to his Linfield side with a Premier League trip to Armagh City coming up at the weekend, which might mean a place on the bench, or even a seat in the stand, for McAreavey.

"People will say that this is a nothing game for Linfield, but there is no such thing," he said.

"We want to keep on winning, keep our confidence high and keep the momentum going with Saturday in mind."

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