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Linfield manager David Healy claims title race has yet to really hot up after thrilling draw with Glentoran

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Linfield manager David Healy

Linfield manager David Healy

Linfield manager David Healy

Linfield manager David Healy insists the Blues’ Big Two showdown with Glentoran at Windsor Park wasn’t a make-or-break game for either club in the chase for the Danske Bank Premiership title.

Both teams’ Gibson Cup credentials remain intact following a pulsating 90 minutes of action at a bouncing Windsor Park.

The Blues will be kicking themselves for not picking up three points. Not only did they lead through a wonderful Trai Hume first half strike, but their rivals had Conor McMenamin sent off early in the second half following a collision with Jimmy Callacher.

Against all the odds, the 10-man Glens levelled with 17 minutes remaining, when Jay Donnelly bulleted home a Hrvoje Plum free kick with a flick of his head.

Healy insists it was two points dropped, but it was as you were at the top.

“For me, nothing has changed in the title race,” he said.

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“Had we lost it wasn’t’ curtains ... had we won, I still wouldn’t have ruled out Glentoran.

“It’s going to go to the important games at the tail end of the season. There are going to be teams that will take points off ourselves and Glentoran.

“A few teams are going through a tough spell at the minute, but they could come again, as they normally do.

“There are a hell of a lot of challenges ahead of us. I thanked the players for a really successful 2021, but you don’t get any pats on the back at this time of the year, although we are in and around where we want to be.”

Healy reckons yesterday’s clash was a great advertisement for the Irish League.

He added: “As a spectacle, both teams did their best to create that. There would have been quite a few neutrals at the game, so hopefully, they’ll go away with an opinion that the Irish League is a good product.

“For £12 a ticket, if you get the type of game, it has to be great value for money. There is no reason why this league can’t go from strength to strength.”


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