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Title rivals: David Healy says he has huge respect for Crusaders

Title rivals: David Healy says he has huge respect for Crusaders

Title rivals: David Healy says he has huge respect for Crusaders

Linfield manager David Healy is ready for another titanic title tussle today with Crusaders, who he says were the benchmark when he took over at Windsor Park in 2015.

Since Healy's arrival, the Blues and Crues have won all five titles between them and there is every chance they will make it six with both in contention for Championship glory again this season.

Linfield will enter the mouthwatering clash at Seaview top of the table, three points clear of Larne and four ahead of Stephen Baxter's Crusaders who have played one match more.

In midweek, the champions beat Portadown 3-0 with a Shayne Lavery hat-trick while Jordan Owens was the match-winner for the Crues versus Glentoran so the sides will prepare for what can be an explosive fixture in buoyant mood.

"Since coming to Linfield I've always read Stephen's comments about this game and have loved to hear about the 'blood and thunder' and how 'it's going to be war' and whatever else. It has been in my time as manager facing Crusaders," said Healy, seeking a fourth title in five years.

"I have the utmost respect for Stephen as a manager and Jeff Spiers and his other coaches and their team. They were the benchmark when I first came to Linfield.

"They were the team we were challenging and trying to overturn because we were behind them.

"We have done that and any games that we have played have always been very good ones."

Linfield go into the game lifted by the news their long serving captain Jamie Mulgrew has signed a one-year contract extension beyond this season.

Belfast Telegraph


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