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Healy is hoping lightning strikes twice on visit to Bannsiders

 

By Steven Beacom

David Healy has labelled Linfield's previous visit to Coleraine as the best performance produced by the Blues in his reign as manager.

Given that Linfield won the league title, Irish Cup and County Antrim Shield last season that's quite a statement from Northern Ireland's record goalscorer.

Telling too with the Blues back at the Showgrounds today in the most important match of the league season so far.

Healy has fond memories of his last trip to Coleraine when the Blues turned on the style to win 5-1. That April day proved to be the turning point in last season's title race because on the same afternoon long time leaders Crusaders lost 3-0 at Ballymena United.

"We were 1-0 down at the Showgrounds and showed huge belief and a huge amount of quality to turn it around and win 5-1," recalled Healy.

"Coleraine are obviously a very good side this season but they were a good side last season and the last half hour of our performance in that game was as good as any since I have been at the club.

"In fact that last half an hour is the best I've seen by any team since I've been in Irish League football.

"Coleraine are playing well at the moment, they are winning games and are still unbeaten. Somewhere along the line someone will need to beat them and take points off them and I certainly hope that is us.

"We are more than capable of defeating Coleraine. I know that and it should be a good game."

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