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We're flying but the tough hurdles are ahead: Ross Glendinning

By Graham Luney

Ross Glendinning says Linfield won't be getting carried way with their blistering start to the season.

Two games, two wins, seven goals scored and none conceded represents a dream start for Warren Feeney's side.

Linfield's number one is particularly happy with the clean sheet record and the Blues rearguard must keep their shape and focus as it's strong defences that help win championships.

With Andy Waterworth and Guy Bates leading the attack and midfielders like Aaron Burns and Stephen Lowry thirsty to burst forward, the Blues could net plenty of goals this season but keeping them out at the other end is just as important.

When Feeney allowed Jonny Tuffey to leave and join Glenavon, Glendinning was informed he would be the first name on the teamsheet and the son of Irish League legend Mark is determined to show he's worthy of that huge responsibility.

"It's a great honour to play for Linfield and, along with Gareth Deane we will do our best for the club," said Glendinning who has been with the Blues since 2009.

"Warren has shown a lot of faith in me and hopefully I can help this great club get back to where it belongs. There is pressure on us to win major trophies but the players accept that because we all share the same ambition. That's what we are here to do.

"We have made a brilliant start and been excellent in the first two matches but it's still very early days and we must keep it going and make it count for something.

"It's a very promising start and the boys are feeling good but tough challenges lie ahead."

Linfield will be aiming to make it three wins on the spin when they welcome Dungannon Swifts to Windsor Park tomorrow.

After conquering Ballymena United 4-0 and Carrick Rangers 3-0, hopes are high the Blues can finish top of the pile for the first time since 2012 - the ninth and last of David Jeffrey's titles as boss.

New man in charge Feeney said: "Seven goals in two games with two clean sheets. I can't ask for any more. It gives confidence to everyone. They have been great, all-round professional performances in the last two games."

After watching his side lose their first home game of the campaign on Wednesday night, Carrick boss Gary Haveron said: "The 3-0 scoreline flatters them a little bit.

"They had a lot of possession but I don't think they overly hurt us with it.

"We got people behind the ball and made good blocks but games swing on big decisions. And I felt we never got any of them tonight."

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