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Linfield aren't here to make up the numbers, warns ace Ward

By Graham Luney

Sean Ward has warned Queen of the South that Linfield aren't going to Scotland this weekend for "the craic". The Blues will face the Scottish Championship leaders at Palmerston Park in the fourth round of the IRN-BRU Cup on Sunday (1pm).

The tournament has included Irish and Welsh sides for the first time and David Healy's men will be roared on by a large travelling support in Dumfries.

"When you are up against full-time opposition away from home you are going to have to perform well," admitted Ward.

"But this club will prepare as best we can, in a professional way, and our mentality is we want to win every match. You won't hear excuses from us -what is important is that we do ourselves justice. We aren't going to Scotland for the craic."

There will be a minute's silence before the game in tribute to Ryan Baird, the Linfield and Rangers fan who was tragically killed in a road accident on the way to a match at Ibrox.

Members of Ryan's family will attend the game and Linfield fans have also organised a minute's applause to take place in the 39th minute. The 39-year-old was originally from Larne.

• Linfield midfielder Aaron Burns has been named the Player of the Month for September by the Northern Ireland football writers.

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