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We'll win title in style says Jeffrey

By Steven Beacom

Linfield manager David Jeffrey today revealed that his players are aiming to win the Irish League title in style tomorrow.

The Blues go into the final day of the campaign three points clear of nearest rivals Glentoran with a vastly superior goal difference.

While the Glens host Portadown, Linfield know that a draw at Crusaders will be enough to make sure even though most would agree that the Blues have won the championship already.

Don't expect Jeffrey's men to go to Seaview playing for a point however. The only result on Linfield minds is an away win - and a classy one at that.

"We are going to Crusaders to win the game and win the title by three points," said Jeffrey.

"We will have a single minded approach and be very professional and with thousands of Linfield fans in attendance, we would love to give them a show to end what has been another great league campaign for us."

After last weekend's victory at Glenavon, Jeffrey somewhat surprisingly declared that the race was over even though it was mathematically possible for them to be caught.

"I know those comments surprised a few people but that's what I felt at the time and I still feel that way," said Jeffrey.

"Yes, Glentoran can still catch us mathematically, but we have a three point lead and a better goal difference of seven and the bottom line is we don't choke when the pressure is on. We have retained titles before and have the hunger, desire and passion to claim a third title in a row.

"We know Crusaders will present a difficult challenge for us but we are ready for that.

"We want to win the league on our own terms. No one does us any favours. We deliver for ourselves all the time and that's the way we want it tomorrow."

The Linfield players have the same focus as Jeffrey.

Striker Glenn Ferguson said today: "Our only aim for the Crusaders match is to win it and it would be lovely if we could win it with a bit of style. Crusaders have had a fine season and will want to finish well, but everyone at Linfield is relishing the chance to go there and clinch the title.

"It has been a great race this season with Cliftonville and Glentoran giving it a real go, and that will make it even more enjoyable for us to win it if we do the business tomorrow."

Next weekend the Blues play Coleraine in the Irish Cup final. Tomorrow this remarkable Linfield side will win the league.

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