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Confident Ards are 'good enough' to upset blues

By Alex Mills

Colin Nixon's Ards will today attempt to end a horrible 31 year hoodoo when they travel to Windsor Park to face high flying Linfield.

The homeless County Down side are not only tasked with the job of stopping a David Healy juggernaut -- the Blues are unbeaten in their last 11 games -- but also ending a winless run at the international venue that dates back to February, 1986!

Even though Healy and his boys are in an impressive run of form, they still remain seven points adrift of table topping Crusaders, who are still big favourites to retain the Danske Premiershp crown. In contrast, Ards' victory over Ballinamallard United last time out guaranteed their top flight status -- although mathematically they could still be still dragged into 11th place, the relegation play-off position.

Nixon, however, insists his team will make the journey to Belfast in a positive frame of mind.

"I want to go there and be competitive," said the former Glentoran defender.

"We are good enough to dig in and come away with something.

"We'll certainly have a game plan, but I think we are at our best when we attack teams. Our best performances have come when we go at teams.

"I realise that Linfield are a different proposition than the likes of Portadown or Ballinamallard United, with respect to those sides. But we want to go to Windsor and make in impact on the game.

"I'm aware of the poor run of results we've had against the Blues, but it's up to us to change that. We are unbeaten in three games, so we have to take confidence from that.

"When I took the job my remit was to keep the club in the Premeirship. We are almost there. I'll not rest easy until we are mathematically clear of the relegation play-off place."

Nixon is boosted by the return of Craig McMillan, who was banned for a massive six weeks following a head butting incident, and Kyle Cherry -- who completed a two game suspension.

"It's a boost having those boys back," added Nixon. "A few players picked up knocks against Ballinamallard last week, so I'll assess things nearer to kick-off," he concluded.

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