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Defiant Healy sure of his managerial ability

By Stuart McKinley

David Healy has hit back at critics who have claimed that he doesn't know enough about the Irish League to be a success as Linfield manager.

The Blues lost their fourth successive league game on Saturday when they followed defeats to Crusaders, Cliftonville and Glenavon with a 2-0 loss at Portadown - their worst run since 1997 - giving those with misgivings about Healy's managerial ability more fuel to add to the fire.

Northern Ireland's record goalscorer, who has been in the job for only six weeks after taking over from his former international team-mate Warren Feeney, launched a stern defence of his own credentials and called for his players to step up to arrest the current slump which has seen them fall from the top of the table to 12 points behind leaders Crusaders.

"For people to say 'he doesn't know the league, doesn't know the players', I can put it to them that I do actually know the league," said Healy.

"I've been around it for long enough. I do know the players in it. I am well aware of the Portadown players, my own players, the Coleraine players, Cliftonville players.

"From that perspective I know the players, I know the league, I know what we are going to get, I know what we're going to get when we play Crusaders, when we play Glenavon, Portadown - I just wish the players would stand up and give us a big result."

The chance to get a big result comes tomorrow night when Linfield go to Carrick Rangers for a County Antrim Shield semi-final.

"I think the players will be up for it. If they're not up for it then the responsibility lies with me to get them up for it," said Healy.

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