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David Healy delivers Christmas number one challenge to Linfield

 

Linfield manager David Healy
Linfield manager David Healy

By Steven Beacom

Linfield manager David Healy has set a festive target urging his side to make it a Happy Blue Year in the title race.

The champions, who travel to Warrenpoint Town today, moved to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership last weekend and, after climbing to the summit for the first time this season, Healy is determined that Linfield will be the Christmas number one and beyond.

Healy states that this month will be vital in the battle for the league championship with just five points separating Linfield, Coleraine, Crusaders, Cliftonville and Glentoran and some massive games coming up.

After they face Warrenpoint, the Blues, for instance, host the Crues before making trips to Glentoran and Coleraine. Healy, whose side are ahead of the Bannsiders on goal difference and one point clear of Crusaders and Cliftonville, said: "I think there'll be twists and turns this month but if we do our job and win our games, there shouldn't be any twists and turns at the top. If we don't do our job, everyone else is capable of taking advantage.

"Over the next few weeks, heading into the New Year, there are massive matches for us and the other teams up there. Crusaders and Cliftonville play each other on Boxing Day and Coleraine have some big games, so there will be points dropped.

"It's important we take care of our own business so we're top of the league come the start of the New Year."

Crusaders travel to Glentoran this afternoon in the game of the day, with Coleraine at Larne.

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Cliftonville's home fixture with Carrick Rangers has been postponed as a mark of respect to the late Jerry Thompson, whose funeral takes place this morning.

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