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David Healy hits out at Ballymena fans after Linfield win at the Showgrounds

Linfield boss David Healy celebrates his side's 1-0 win over Ballymena United.
Linfield boss David Healy celebrates his side's 1-0 win over Ballymena United.

David Healy has said that some Ballymena supporters 'let themsleves down' during his Linfield side's win at the Showgrounds on Friday evening.

The Blues earned a 1-0 success, their fourth victory in five games against the Braidmen this season, and brought themselves to within a point of officially securing the Danske Bank Premiership title.

Healy, however, was annoyed at a song directed towards injured goalkeeper Roy Carroll.

"Disappointed tonight some of their supporters let themselves down, because Ballymena are a good club, a well supported club. Some of the things that were sang tonight - it's not for football," he said on BBC 2.

"It's talked about in England and Scotland over the last number of months - not good behaviour.

"It was (directed to) me a little bit but it was Roy Carroll - singing about a lad who has represented his country with so much charisma. He loved playing for his country. A lot of their supporters support Northern Ireland and to sing that tonight, I don't understand it."

It was otherwise a very satisfying evening for Healy's men with a 25th clean sheet of the season and Andy Waterworth's 17th league goal of the campaign the highlights.

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"We deserved that for our effort throughout the season," said Healy. "Andy Waterworth has scored a massive goal and that's our third clean sheet against Ballymena this season - they're a good side.

"We had to be ugly at times. When you come to a team like Ballymena, you have to weather the storm. We did that and we came out of it on the right end. I'm delighted for the players."

Linfield are now 12 points clear of Ballymena with just four games left. As if that's not good enough, they also have a goal difference of 19 better than their nearest rivals.

But defender Jimmy Callacher says that it doesn't yet feel like the league has been won.

"We still need a point and that will be drilled into us this week in training," he told BBC.

"Hopefully we can get over the line next week and it will be another league championship for Linfield.

"Lucky enough the man of the moment Andy Waterworth comes up with the goods again. He always seems to do it when we really, really need him.

"If we can keep clean sheets we've always a chance of winning games and that's what we've tried to build this year. If somebody had given us a scrappy 1-0 win here, we'd have taken it.

"You work all year for these games. Nobody has to tell us how bad we were last year, we know that. The boys came in and worked hard in pre-season. Hopefully next week we can put it right."

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