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Furious David Healy lets rip at Linfield after League Cup defeat to Coleraine

 

David Healy
David Healy

By Steven Beacom

Linfield manager David Healy has uncharacteristically blasted his team and told his players to take more responsibility following Tuesday night's 3-0 home defeat to Coleraine in their BetMcLean League Cup semi-final.

The loss was Linfield's third to Coleraine this season and the sixth of their domestic campaign.

The champions are now out of the League Cup and County Antrim Shield and are playing catch up in the Premiership title race both in terms of games played and points.

On the upside, if Healy's men win their two matches in hand they will jump above Crusaders, Coleraine and Cliftonville and move to the top of the table by four points, but that was of little concern to Northern Ireland's record goalscorer after watching his side being ripped apart in the second-half by the rampant Bannsiders.

"It was poor. In the first-half, I thought we were in the game. In the second-half we were miles off," stated Healy.

"The disappointing thing at the moment is that when we go a goal down we aren't responding. In previous seasons, we always had faith and believed we were going to get back into the game but not (on Tuesday) and that's disappointing.

"It shouldn't be a confidence issue because they get all the plaudits and I always take the blame and whatever else.

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"I spoke to the players afterwards and there needs to be more responsibility taken on the pitch. It is very rare that I come out and say something like that but collectively we were short and we need to be better.

"The first goal that we conceded against Coleraine was a really poor goal. We are conceding too many soft goals."

When asked if his side could have been 'jaded' in what was already their 32nd competitive game of the season, Healy wasn't willing to look for excuses.

"Possibly but that's down to the individual," he said. "We freshened it up with the two full-backs (Chris Casement and Matthew Clarke) coming in. They've not played seven or eight games in a row. That was Andrew Mitchell's third game in a row and Jamie (Mulgrew)'s played quite a few but we trained and they were all fine."

There's certainly no time for Linfield or any of the Irish League sides to catch their breath, with five more Premiership match-days coming up in December.

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