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We will fight to the death, warns Healy


By Graham Luney

David Healy has warned Crusaders that his Linfield side will not back down in the Danske Bank Premiership title fight.

The Crues hold a one point advantage with only three games remaining and the picture could change dramatically tonight as the Blues host Glenavon and Stephen Baxter's side take on in-form Coleraine at Seaview.

The champions know a slip-up could be fatal and Linfield chief Healy says his boys plan to keep up the pressure by winning all their matches.

"The bottom line is, we need to win all our three games," said Healy who has been boss of Linfield for 18 months.

"Anything less, we'll have no chance of winning the League.

"It's a nervy time, it's edgy, but that's where we want to be. We need to continue to do what we do and that's win football matches.

"It now comes down to a mini league, we've got Glenavon, Coleraine and Cliftonville coming up.

"The Crues have Coleraine and then go to Ballymena next week; and finish with Glenavon.

"The title is out of our hands but we are now down to three cup finals.

"We just have to focus on taking three points against Glenavon and take it from there."

Crusaders defender Billy Joe Burns believes it will be a thrilling finish to the season.

He states: "People say a lot of things about us but they can't accuse us of lacking character, whether we go on to win the league or not.

"We have shown it many times that we will never give up and keep battling.

"We must assume that Linfield will win their remaining League games and that's the mentality for us as well, every game feels like a Cup final for both sides.

"It makes for an exciting finish for the neutrals to watch.

"We will battle until the end and we've got some fresh momentum now after beating Cliftonville.

"We are taking nothing for granted and it's up to us to win these last three games."

Elsewhere tonight, Portadown could lose their Premiership status if they fail to win at Ards or Carrick Rangers avoid defeat at home to Glentoran.

Ballinamallard United welcome Dungannon Swifts to Ferney Park and Cliftonville visit Ballymena United.

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