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Blues must use Solitude victory as springboard, insists Quinn

Looking up: Niall Quinn says Linfield have lots to build on
Looking up: Niall Quinn says Linfield have lots to build on

By Alex Mills

Linfield defender Niall Quinn insists his team must use last week's win at Cliftonville as a confidence builder for the remainder of the season.

David Healy's boys have already kissed goodbye to their Danske Bank Premiership title - won for the first time in five years with a certain degree of panache last April.

They produced a fantastic unbeaten surge from early January that helped them whittle away Crusaders' lead at the top, which ultimately resulted in the league trophy being joined by the Irish Cup in the Linfield boardroom.

In contrast, the Blues' form has been erratic this season, especially in the plush surroundings of Windsor Park. But they did show belated signs of revival with their performance at Solitude last weekend - and Quinn admits it's important to build on that 2-1 victory.

"It's not the easiest of places to take points from," said the 25-year-old. "We have to take a lot of confidence from the display, although we never do things the easy way.

"We conceded a goal when leading 2-0 and immediately thoughts of our last visit to Solitude came flooding back. We tossed away a two-goal lead on that occasion, the Reds hit us with three in the last 12 minutes.

"Thankfully we were able to hold on this time."

With the Blues due to visit the Bangor Fuels Arena to face Ards tomorrow, Quinn admits it is essential they add another three points to their kitty.

"Ards are coming off the back of a great result against Glentoran," he added.

"They are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table, so they'll be up for it.

"They knocked us out of the County Antrim Shield earlier in the season, winning at Windsor Park, so we'll be taking nothing for granted. You have to work for anything you get in this league."

Tomorrow's Danske Bank Premiership fixtures(3pm): Ards v Linfield, Carrick Rangers v Glenavon, Coleraine v Warrenpoint Town, Crusaders v Ballymena United, Dungannon Swifts v Ballinamallard United, Glentoran v Cliftonville.

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