Glenavon left to rue their luck at Windsor: King
Linfield 0 Glenavon 0
Defender Dylan King believes Glenavon bared their title teeth at Windsor Park on Saturday.
The 20-year-old reckons, with a little bit of luck, the Lurgan Blues could have travelled back down the M1 with all three points instead of one following 90 minutes of high-energy action between two of the League's heavyweights.
King insists his team could and should have left with a victory. They were denied a winner by a wonderful intervention by Linfield midfielder Stephen Fallon, who managed to hoof a Caolan Marron header off the line six minutes from time. "Caolan insisted it was in and I'm sure it was in, too," claims King, who was a rock in the heart of the Glenavon all afternoon. "Some days you get these decisions, and some days you don't. Sometimes you need a wee bit of luck, but we didn't get it today.
"It was a brilliant game to play in; it was end-to-end but not massively open. Both teams are doing well.
"Linfield have quality attackers, so they are always going to get chances, but we have Mitch (Andy Mitchell) and Stephen Murray up front and (Conor) McCloskey who has pace in behind. We caused them problems, I thought our whole team was brilliant."
Although the Gary Hamilton's boys have now slipped five points adrift of Ballymena United, King believes they are equipped to go the distance in what promises to be an intriguing title race.
"We've been working so hard in training to make sure we keep clean sheets," he added.
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"The lads up front have been putting in good shifts and scoring a lot of goals but we have been conceding too many goals, although that's two clean sheets in a row.
"Linfield are an intelligent team. When you have a player like (Andy) Waterworth it's tough. He's one of the best I've ever played against.
"You never know where he is; you look one minute and he's there but then you look at the ball and he's gone. It does take a lot of concentration but I'm happy the stuff we worked on during the week paid off.
"I'm really enjoying it. I came in at the start of the season and played a lot of games. I didn't play the last few games, but I'm really happy to be back in and it's up to me to show I should be in the team every week."
LINFIELD: Carroll, Robinson, Callacher, Waterworth (O'Connor, 61 mins), Cooper, Stewart (Kearns, 61 mins), Millar, Fallon, Mulgrew, Quinn, Casement. Unused subs: Deane, Clarke, Garrett, Mitchell, Reynolds.
GLENAVON: Tuffey, King, Marron, Marshall (Harmon, 89 mins), Mitchell, Sykes, Hall, Clingan, McCloskey (Murray, 33 mins [Jenkins, 89 mins]), Singleton, Doherty. Unused subs: Grace, Larmour, Muir.
Referee: Tim Marshall.
Man of the match: Dylan King
Match rating: 7/10.