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Blues are back in the hunt, says Linfield boss Healy

By Graham Luney

David Healy has warned Linfield's rivals that his side has just stormed back into the title race.

Defeat at home to league champions Crusaders yesterday would have left the Blues 12 points behind the Crues but a 2-0 victory catapulted them six points behind the Danske Bank Premiership pacesetters.

Goals from Andy Waterworth and Jimmy Callacher sunk the Crues and defiant boss Healy roared: "I would like to think we are now back in title contention.

"The Crues have now lost five points in the last two games, which gives us hope.

"We are going to be challenging because that's the demands I'll be putting on my players."

Crues boss Stephen Baxter said: "The first 45 minutes did not please me one bit, but we were much better in the second half.

"I will go home pleased with the effort.

"I'm looking for us to perform every week the way we did in the last 40 minutes here."

Cliftonville are seven points behind Crusaders but could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to basement side Warrenpoint Town.

irish league reports: Pages 50-51

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