Europa Conference League
Linfield manager David Healy has warned his players that the Europa Conference League tie with Bo-rac Banja Luka is far from over despite Thursday’s stunning 4-0 victory at Windsor Park, insisting that the Blues will face a hostile atmosphere and ‘horrible’ time in Bosnia next week with their opponents gun-ning for revenge in the return.
Healy was overjoyed with his team’s performance and goals from Michael Newberry, Christy Manzinga, Jamie Mulgrew and Jimmy Callacher in the first leg of the second qualifying round clash and says that they will approach the away leg in the same positive manner.
Should the Blues see off Boruc, they will face either Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus or Fola Esch of Luxembourg with the latter leading 2-1 from the opening leg.
Former Northern Ireland hero Healy said: “I told the boys in the dressing room after the first leg when we go to Bosnia it will be horrible.
“When we arrive there won’t be a welcome party waiting to pat us on the back and say ‘well done for last week and enjoy Bosnia’. I have been in these situations before in international football and I have warned the players that we will need to be on our guard because they will be all over us looking for revenge.
“We will be going into a very hostile environment. I have watched a lot of their home games and it will be hostile for us. We need to go there and be big and strong and when the opportunity arises play good football.
“In the first leg some of our football was incredible. We will approach the second leg in the same way in a positive manner. If you go there and just sit behind the ball you may be a goal down in the first 20 minutes and all of a sudden the home crowd gets a lift.”
The other Irish League side left in continental competition, Larne, will travel to Denmark next week with a 2-1 first leg lead over Aarhus with Paços de Ferreira from Portugal awaiting the winners.