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Clean sheet key for Linfield in Europe: Warren Feeney

By Stuart McKinley

Published 06/07/2015

Way forward: Warren Feeney says Ross Glendinning's superb save was crucial in their Europa League first leg tie
Way forward: Warren Feeney says Ross Glendinning's superb save was crucial in their Europa League first leg tie

Warren Feeney has pointed to the clean sheet kept by Ross Glendinning as just as big a factor as the goals scored by Andy Waterworth and Guy Bates in pushing Linfield towards the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

And the Blues boss also believes the fact that Crusaders kept Levadia Tallinn scoreless at Seaview in their Champions League tie puts the Shore Road men at an advantage for their return leg in Estonia.

Glendinning produced one outstanding save in Linfield's 2-0 victory over NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands and they head to Toftir for Thursday night's second leg knowing that another clean sheet will put them into a second round tie against either Olimpic Sarajevo of Bosnia or Slovakian side Spartak Trnava, who drew 1-1 in the first leg

"A clean sheet is a massive thing," said Feeney.

"You don't want to concede. I watched Crusaders as well, even a 0-0 is a fantastic result because it gives you something going out there and you hope you'll nick that away goal."

Feeney is determined to make a fight of it in Europe this summer, but is aware the real judgement will come over the course of the domestic season.

The performance against Runavik has already left him encouraged about what lies ahead over the next 10 months as Linfield look to wrestle the Danske Bank Premiership title away from the Crues.

"Ross Clarke wasn't here, Niall Quinn was only back the night before the game, Jimmy Callacher is on holiday, Mark Stafford has a little bit of an injury, Jamie Mulgrew is injured.

"We've got a lot of options coming back, which is a fantastic thing and I think the squad looks a little bit more spiteful - in a good way."

Meanwhile, Coleraine have added left-back Garth Falconer from Championship 1 side Dergview to their squad.

"I'm very pleased to bring Garth to the club," said Bannsiders boss Oran Kearney.

"We have been looking to strengthen at left back for a while and provide a bit of competition for the position.

"Garth ticks all the boxes for us. He's local, he's a good age, he has a great left foot and he likes to get forward.

"He had a great season last year catching the eye of a number of clubs, he will be a good addition to our squad."

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