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Do your jobs and we can keep our Euro dream alive: Healy

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David Healy. Credit: PA

David Healy. Credit: PA


David Healy. Credit: PA

Linfield manager David Healy has told his players that they have nothing to fear in tonight’s Europa Conference League clash with Bosnian champions Borac Banja Luka - if they do their jobs right.

Ahead of the first leg of the second qualifying round tie, Healy has spoken of the need for his players to be ruthless at both ends of the Windsor Park pitch to give them a chance of making it through when they go to Bosnia for the return next week.

The Blues did not have that edge losing to Lithuanian outfit Zalgiris Vilnius in the Champions League earlier this month but will need it this evening to have any joy.

“I want us to be ruthless and clinical and have spoken to the players about improving our decision making in both boxes,” said Healy.

“We need to know when to commit to a tackle, when to clear our lines and in the attacking third when to play the right pass and right weight of pass and finish when a chance arises.

“It will be a tough game but if we do our jobs it is one that should hold no fear for us. We need to get as much out of the game as we can because it will certainly be tough in Bosnia the week after.”

Along with Linfield, Larne are the only other Irish League side left in Europe following defeats for Coleraine and Glentoran last week.

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Tiernan Lynch’s side have been in the news after transfer listing influential players Marty Donnelly and Conor Devlin, but will only be focusing on tonight’s Europa Conference League opening leg at home to Danish team AGF Aarhus as they attempt to make more history.

In their first venture into Europe, Larne overcame Welsh club Bala Town last time out and midfielder John Herron hopes they aren’t finished yet. He said: “We are creating history for this club and people may doubt us for this round but as the gaffer says we are not just here to take part, we are here to perform and improve individually and as a team.”

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