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Harkin is now relishing chance to deepen Linfield gloom

By Graham Luney

Coleraine's midfield maestro Ciaron Harkin is confident the Bannsiders can pour more misery on Linfield this weekend.

Oran Kearney's side visit Windsor Park tomorrow with David Healy and his men still smarting from their League Cup loss at Crusaders and that controversial dismissal of Mark Stafford, although the red card, shown by referee Raymond Hetherington, has been rescinded.

The Blues are in desperate need of a pick-up after a dismal run of seven defeats in their last 10 games and defeat at home to the league leaders tomorrow will see them fall a massive 14 points behind the formidable north-west side.

Harkin is loving life at the Showgrounds since making the switch from Institute in January and he hopes the pacesetters can pile more pressure on Healy and his troops.

"The boys are flying and I believe we can keep it going," said Harkin. "Everyone is working really hard and when you have been on the great unbeaten run which we are on you want to keep it going.

"No-one is talking of or thinking about winning the league, we are just enjoying our football and want to keep the wins coming. There's a lot of good teams in this league, including Linfield, and they will always test you. The Blues are champions and command respect, but they are going through a difficult period at the moment and from our perspective it's perhaps a good time to play them.

"They have the experience of winning league titles, which we don't have, but that doesn't mean they will run away with a league title.

"We are working hard, playing well and confidence is high. It's just about keeping it going.

"These are big games and we are relishing them all."

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