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Carrick can stretch Linfield at Windsor Park, insists Niall Currie

 

Carrick Rangers manager Niall Currie
Carrick Rangers manager Niall Currie

By Steven Beacom

Carrick Rangers boss Niall Currie believes his team will be viewed as 'lambs to the slaughter' against Linfield at Windsor Park tomorrow.

Already this season the Blues have walloped Glenavon and Warrenpoint Town 7-0 in the league and scored eight times in two matches against Dungannon Swifts.

Currie knows all too well that many expect Carrick to go the same way. In contrast, he will travel to Windsor dreaming that his side can make it three league wins in a row following victories over Dungannon and Warrenpoint.

"We'll turn up at Linfield as lambs to the slaughter," says Currie, whose side are in ninth spot in the Danske Bank Premiership.

"I watched Linfield recently versus Warrenpoint and it was scary stuff. Linfield being Linfield, and with David Healy in charge, they will only be thinking about winning the game.

"For us, we will enjoy the challenge. We have six points from the last two games and, after conceding poor goals for a number of matches, we now have back-to-back clean sheets having got back to basics. That's where you build from.

"We are always a team that will make chances in games and that's what we'll try to do against Linfield. If we get the ball enough I really believe we'll be able to stretch them.

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"We have a really good atmosphere at the club and a good team spirit, and we have to keep believing no matter who we play."

While Currie will base his strategy at Windsor on a strong defence he also fancies that attackers Stewart Nixon, Lee Chapman and Guillaume Keke can cause the Blues problems at the other end.

The former Ards and Portadown boss hasn't managed at Windsor for a while and is looking forward to taking Carrick to the national stadium.

"To get the opportunity to return to Windsor with Carrick is fantastic," says Currie. "Everything has happened so quickly for us. It's been like a whirlwind."

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