David Jeffrey declared Linfield’s 3-2 win over Lisburn Distillery on Tuesday night as the perfect response to last Saturday’s disappointing defeat at the hands of Big Two rivals Glentoran.
The Blues picked the worst possible time to produce their worst performance of the season so far — and the Glens took advantage, with Ciaran Martyn giving the east Belfast men their first league win at Windsor Park in 11 years.
Linfield are still top of the Carling Premiership though, staying ahead of Portadown thanks to Tuesday’s win, given to them by Jamie Mulgrew after Rory Patterson had netted an early brace.
“The result was a great response to Saturday's disappointment,” said Jeffrey.
“As I said on Saturday, I thought we were excellent in our first five games of the season.
“Saturday was not a good performance from us. We responded well against Distillery, producing some good football, especially in the first-half and for the first part of the second-half.”
It was then that things threatened to go wrong for the Blues.
From looking comfortable they were all of a sudden holding on in the closing stages after ex-Glenman Neal Gawley made it 3-2 with six minutes to go.
It was then that Linfield showed a different side to their game.
“We showed good battling qualities to hold on to all three points,” said Jeffrey.
“I'm pleased with the result and the response to a disappointing day at the weekend.
“It was a matter of ‘let's respond, we didn't do well on Saturday but let's go out and put on a better performance’ and I think we did that.”