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Blues manager Healy all fired up for Solitude mission

Linfield 7-0 Armagh City

By David Mason

Linfield manager David Healy could only force a wry smile when he learned that his men will have to travel across town to Solitude to face Cliftonville for a Tennent's Irish Cup quarter-final showdown on March 5.

The former Northern Ireland striker had just watched his team dismantle Championship One side Armagh City 7-0 at Windsor Park when news filtered through of their next destination.

He was never one to shirk a challenge on the pitch and he admitted he's already looking forward to the tie of the round.

"It's a tough one, but it is a game we'll all relish," said Healy. "Cliftonville are a good side, but if you are going to win the cup, you have to beat the best teams.

"I'm sure the rest of the teams are rubbing their hands when we were pulled out against the Reds. Only one side can go through - hopefully it's us.

"I'm already looking forward to it. There are people who are still asking questions about me as a manager and my players. Hopefully, we can provide the answers from now until the end of the season."

Striker Andy Waterworth hammered in four goals against Armagh, while Aaron Burns pocketed a double before new boy Stephen Fallon, who is on loan from Swansea, recorded his first strike for the club.

Healy added: "I was delighted with the performance. We went about it in the right way and in the right manner.

"We were on a hiding to nothing. We were expected to win at a canter but there are no easy games. We had to prepare the proper way and be professional about it. We hit seven goals and kept a clean sheet, so I have to be happy with that.

"We're in a good little run at the minute, so it's important to keep the momentum going.

"It's important to stay focused because we have a number of crucial league games now looking forward, starting with Portadown next week."

Linfield: Ross Glendinnig, Stafford (Ward, 57 mins), Callacher, Waterworth (Fallon, 67 mins), Millar, Burns, Clarke, Kee, Mulgrew, Reece Glendinning, Smyth (Bates, 46 mins).Unused subs: Quinn, Gaynor.

Armagh: Connolly, McAnallen (Grimley, 73 mins), McGerrigan (Carvill, 59 mins), Lennon, Noonan, Kelly, P Lavery, Bell, S Lavery, Donnelly, McGerrigan (Mallon, 80 mins).

Unused subs: Campbell, Morgan.

Man of the match: Andy Waterworth

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Steven Taylor (Belfast)

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