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Lose and our title dream dies: Eddie

Published 04/04/2008

Eddie Patterson has admitted Cliftonville have no chance of winning the Premier League title - if they lose at home to Glenavon tomorrow.

The Reds have stumbled at the end of the title race and now find themselves five points behind leaders Linfield and two points adrift of Glentoran.

With only four games left to play, it's hang on to your hats time for anyone still dreaming of title glory.

Cliftonville players are still trying to shake off their Irish Cup hangover after losing to Linfield in the semi-finals last Saturday but Patterson is not ready to concede the title just yet.

However, if the Reds lose to Glenavon at Solitude tomorrow he will raise the white flag.

"I believe that the title will not be decided until the last two games," he said.

"But as far as we are concerned we have to get a result against Glenavon or it is all over for us.

"If we don't get a result in this game we will have no chance of winning the title. Up to now I still believe we have a chance of winning it but if Glenavon beat us we will be playing for second best.

"Anything can happen as all of the top three have difficult games but we can only look after our own house and win as many games as possible."

The Reds celebrated a 2-1 win over Glenavon at Mourneview Park in December, but at that stage of the season the north-Belfast side were brimming with confidence and setting the pace in the championship race.

Recent defeats to Coleraine and Newry City have now put Linfield firmly in the driving seat for the title.

And the bad news just keeps coming as Francis Murphy's season is over after he sustained knee ligament damage.

Ronan Scannell is also a doubtful starter tomorrow as he nurses a groin problem.

"We were going very well for a while but now after three defeats and the injuries piling up things aren't looking so great," added Patterson. "And you just don't know what Glenavon team will come to Solitude.

"They can be hot or cold but it will come down to our attitude and we have to make sure that we are mentally prepared for the game. Our attitude must be right. I still want to win the title and I trust the players want to prove they feel the same. And if we want to finish on top then we simply have to beat Glenavon. Then we have Crusaders next Friday and they are in great form."

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