Dungannon Swifts boss Dixie Robinson has sounded a warning about a wounded Linfield ahead of the trip to Windsor Park tomorrow.
One week after beating Glentoran on their own patch, Dungannon make a return trip to the capital to face league leaders Linfield.
It is another huge test of Swifts’ improving fortunes, against a team who have yet to lose on their own ground this season.
But a surprise 2-1 Dungannon win in the reverse fixture in August, and a 2-0 win at the Oval last Saturday, gives them plenty of reason to be confident.
Robinson, however, is wary the Blues will be hurting from last weekend’s loss at Crusaders — and David Jeffrey will not want to concede any more ground in the title race.
“We go to the Blues next and they will be wounded after that result,” he warned.
“It certainly doesn’t get any easier but it is nice to go there on the back of a win and knowing you have another three points on the board.
“It takes a bit of the pressure off and means you can go there and play with a bit more freedom.”
With more players returning from injury — Ryan McCluskey and Johnny Topley were both back on Saturday — it leaves Robinson with more options.
And that is a selection headache he is more than happy to have.
“We had some great performances on Saturday, and I think it’s finally sinking through to the team that we actually have a really good group of players,” he added.
“For the first time on Saturday I was able to bring on players like Johnny Topley, Henderson and Ryan McIlmoyle, which shows the quality we have.”
However, Henderson will miss tomorrow's game and will Linfield’s Jamie Mulgrew through suspension.