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No blank looks as to why the Blues are looking good for title

Roy Carroll
Roy Carroll

By Billy Weir

And so the gap now stretches to nine points and Crusaders' hopes of skating away with the Gibson Cup look about as likely to succeed as Gemma Collins on Dancing On Ice.

The latest slip came at Seaview on Saturday when, after a typically bombastic clash, the champions lost out to Linfield.

It has been quite the week for the Blues, another two wins, another cracking goal for Jordan Stewart, a brace for Michael O'Connor against Newry on Tuesday night and yet another two clean sheets.

That means in their 26 League games to date, the Blues have failed to concede in 15 of them, a remarkable statistic.

Oh, and throw in another four in Cup competitions.

David Healy paid tribute to the influence of Roy Carroll in that statistic recently, nine clean sheets out of their last 10 games is title-winning form, either that or they should open a laundry forthwith.

Next up is the small matter of the visit of Glentoran on Monday evening's latest Sky offering.

A few weeks ago you would have said this was a no-brainer, but suddenly there are rare things being spotted around The Oval again - smiles.

Under Gary Smyth and Paul Leeman, ably assisted by Kieran Harding, the Glens have picked up two wins on the bounce and are finally getting a few more bodies in to boost their squad.

It was a first home win since the end of October for the Glens, and it was a nervy one against Newry, but you take them as you find them at this stage of the season.

A win over the old enemy on Monday night and they'll probably build a statue on Mersey Street.

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