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Gault never knew he’d have it so good

Michael Gault continues to pinch himself as Linfield keep filling the trophy cabinet.

The midfielder has rediscovered the form that earned him Northern Ireland call-ups and now he is eyeing up five doubles in six seasons.

Gault always knew that you needed a winning mentality to thrive at Windsor but he could not have predicted such a dream collection of silverware.

The club’s 50th title in their 125th year has left him speechless — almost.

“I can still remember my first league title and Irish Cup and I thought it couldn’t get any better but four doubles in five seasons and the possibility of another one is simply phenomenal,” said the 27-year-old.

“From day one there was big pressure on the players to deliver title number 50 in the 125th year.

“We had a few blips this season but the boys have performed brilliantly to get across the line. We proved our mental strength by going on a fabulous run to win the title.

“Titles are getting harder to win but that shows you the quality of the league. Glentoran fell a little off the pace towards the end but they were up there challenging as well and Crusaders kept the pressure on us.

“At Christmas time we had a wobble then also about a month ago when we dropped points against Glenavon and Newry. The Crues went on a great run but we responded by fighting back and we have managed to create a nine point gap at the top.

“The win at Crusaders was important with Robbie (Garrett) popping up with a crucial winner near the end. It’s been a great team performance but Peter Thompson’s goals have been vital.”

Linfield players will get their hands on the Gibson Cup after Saturday’s final home league clash with Portadown.

Attention will then quickly turn to the Irish Cup date with Crusaders a week later.

“We haven’t actually played great in cup finals in the last few years so it would be nice to play well and get the win,” added Gault who missed the Lisburn Distillery clash with a knee injury.

Belfast Telegraph