Belfast Telegraph

David Healy's warning: Linfield are coming for you next season

By David Mason

Linfield manager David Healy doffed his cap to acknowledge Crusaders' Danske Premiership success on Tuesday night, but warned, 'we're coming to get you next season'.

As Stephen Baxter's boys were making history by becoming the first Crues' team to retain the trophy, the Blues were racking up one of the most convincing Big Two wins against Glentoran for many years.

Andy Waterworth and Aaron Burns both bagged a double which means they have now pocketed a staggering 58 goals between them this season!

Although Healy's focus is on bringing a major trophy to Windsor Park for the first time in four years, in the form of the Irish Cup -the Blues face Glenavon on May 7 - he still wants full points from his two remaining league games.

"Momentum is a big thing in football and we have got a lot of that at the minute, so it's important to keep it going," said the former Northern Ireland striker.

"Yes, the league has gone. I congratulate Stephen Baxter and his staff at Crusaders. The best team wins the league . . . the table doesn't lie.

"I said to our boys, Crusaders will win the league, but don't hand it to them. We did our job by winning our matches, but so did the Crues, so fair play to them.

"We have the consolation of second place and European football, which is massive to the football club. But we'll be going after Crusaders next season, make no mistake about that -we'll be hunting them down."

Healy was thrilled with his team's performance at the Oval, adding: "I warned the lads about any complacency. It wasn't the question of fulfilling a fixture.

"I know what a Big Two game means to our supporters. I was banned from the dugout, so I took the opportunity of joining the fans for the second half. It brought back many happy memories.

"We totally bossed the game. It was a complete performance."

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