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Haughey expects an epic battle at Windsor


Eoin Bradley will be out of contention for seven matches

Eoin Bradley will be out of contention for seven matches


Eoin Bradley will be out of contention for seven matches

Mark Haughey believes Glenavon will still be a formidable force without ace marksman Eoin Bradley.

Bradley is banned for seven matches from today - including six for a headbutt on Crusaders skipper Colin Cloates - and the first clash he will sit out is a heavyweight Premiership showdown against Linfield at Windsor Park.

Former Lurgan Blues favourite Haughey netted twice last weekend in a 3-2 comeback win against Coleraine which keeps David Healy's side seven points adrift of Crusaders while the champions also boast a game in hand.

"Eoin is a very important player for them," acknowledges Haughey. "With respect to the other players in the team, he is a real dangerman who has been in superb form. But they have other players who can hurt us and score goals. He is a big loss but they have a strong squad and they will still be confident of winning matches. Just because Eoin is not playing, that doesn't mean Glenavon will be weak or taking it easy.

"Every game is a tough test in this league and Glenavon will be no different.

"Glenavon has improved as a team and squad since I have left and Gary has done a great job there in terms of the recruitment of players and the club is well run. Winning the Irish Cup whetted their appetite for more silverware. It was around this time last season that Glenavon went on an amazing unbeaten run."

Elsewhere, third placed Cliftonville are at Solitude as they face a Coleraine side who are yet to score against the Reds this season. Ballinamallard United entertain Glentoran at Ferney Park while Ballymena United host Dungannon Swifts.

Portadown welcome Carrick Rangers to Shamrock Park.

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