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We're answering all the critics now, says Cliftonville hero Breen

Cliftonville 3 Linfield 2

By Conor McLaughlin

Cliftonville's winning goal-scorer Garry Breen reckons his side have turned the corner after a slow start to the season.

Barry Gray's side went on a run of only one win in six Premiership games following an opening day victory over Ards. But a much-needed success in the County Antrim Shield, Breen says, has proved the catalyst for a turn-around.

If their form has flipped, that was evidenced in stunning fashion Saturday afternoon as three goals from 80 minutes on turned Linfield's 2-0 lead into a Cliftonville win - Breen netting a dramatic injury-time winner.

"We've started answering the questions that people have asked about whether we have it in us to dig in and fight for a result - but we need to keep going," said Breen afterwards.

"People have questioned us because of the results that we've had and we feel like we've let ourselves down as well as the manager. We know we should be doing much better than we are and, if you look at the quality we have in the squad, we should be much higher up the table.

"Sometimes you need one result to get your season going and I actually think it was the win against Knockbreda a couple of weeks ago that's set the tone for us.

"We won that game, then we've gone to Carrick and come from behind to win - which is a tough thing to do.

"We play PSNI on Tuesday night - let's win that to make it four in a row, then concentrate on Warrenpoint next Saturday."

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