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Determined Blues won't fail this time, vows Waterworth

 

By Graham Luney

Andy Waterworth insists Linfield will not be failures this season after their 2017-2018 nightmare.

David Healy's side won the Danske Bank Premiership title, Irish Cup and County Antrim Shield the previous year but last season was a real horror show.

The Blues endured a trophyless campaign and they even failed to challenge for the Gibson Cup, finishing a huge 24 points behind champions Cruaders.

Linfield finished fourth and failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 15 years.

Healy's response has been to draft in former Dungannon Swifts boss Darren Murphy as coach and Ricky McCann as strength and conditioning supremo, while several new players have come on board.

The new Premiership season was officially launched at Windsor Park last night and Blues ace Waterworth knows the pressure is on ahead of their opener at Glenavon on Saturday - but he believes the squad will deliver.

"Everything that we had that year we won the title, we lacked last season," said the 32-year-old.

"It's about getting that right mentality back and one thing is for sure, we definitely won't let ourselves down like we did last year.

"It will be hard to get any lower but if we can rekindle that spirit we had when we won the league championship, we won't be far away from challenging again.

"When you fail it's how you bounce back. We failed last year but if we learn the lessons from it and do things right we will improve and be right in the mix.

"From pre-season we have talked about what went wrong and how we can and need to put things right.

"The manager has created a positive environment, new players have come in to strengthen the squad and it's up to the players to now go out and win games."

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