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Blues title tilt still on track, insists Haughey

By Graham Luney

Mark Haughey says Linfield's first league loss won't lead to a Windsor Park wobble. The Blues suffered their first Danske Bank Premiership defeat of the season in midweek when Cliftonville triumphed 2-1 at Solitude, denying David Healy's side the chance to secure top spot in the table.

Crusaders are still two points in front and with the Blues next three league battles being away to third placed Coleraine today, home to the Crues next Saturday and a trip to Glenavon on November 5, it's time to show mettle. "Everyone knows it was an opportunity to go top which wasn't taken but we lost one match and we won't dwell on it," said Haughey.

"I don't listen to the talk of a two-horse race with Crusaders because all the teams are capable of taking points off everyone else so it's all about consistency for us. Last season there was a change of manager and we fell away in November but we recovered well to go on a strong run and we have learned the lessons from that time."

The Bannsiders will move above Linfield in the table if they can win at Ballycastle Road.

"Oran Kearney has got Coleraine playing very well," added Haughey. "Teams will not find it easy to get points there and just like any opponent we will show them respect."

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