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'Hopefully they'll be having a nervous look': David Healy issues warning to league leaders as Linfield climb the table

Linfield manager David Healy
Linfield manager David Healy

Linfield are coming: That's the warning of manager David Healy, who saw his side move up three places to fifth in the Danske Bank Premiership with a comfortable 3-0 win at Carrick Rangers on Monday.

The Blues have picked up 12 points from their five league games so far - the only blip a 4-2 home defeat to Coleraine last month, when their Europa League campaign was still in full swing.

Healy's side haven't so much as conceded a goal in their three league outings since and they'll go top of the tree by two points if they manage to win the three games in hand they have on the leading pack.

"We want to finish off the month on a high," said Healy ahead of Saturday's game at home to Glenavon. "We want to close the gap on the teams in front of us. People ask are we playing catch up? Hopefully the teams in front of us will have a nervous look over their shoulder to see where Linfield are at."

Healy's side had been held until first-half injury-time, when Niall Quinn finally struck to break the deadlock at Taylor's Avenue.

"Quinny does what he does, steps inside," said Healy. "It wasn't a glamorous strike but it was a big goal right before the break and gave us the platform to talk about at half-time and take into the second half.

"Quinny's one of those players that has that in the locker. Fair to him. When you need one of your big players to stand up and deliver with a big goal, he did that for us."

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The Blues had 17-year-old Trai Hume on the bench, along with three 20-year-olds - Ross Larkin, Matthew Shevlin and Daniel Reynolds.

"We're a few players short at the minute with a few injuries," explained Healy. "I like to keep injuries to myself but we were missing Casement, Mulgrew, Kearns, Stewart, Robinson, Haughey - big players like that.

"The good thing is the young players are buzzing to be on the bench. Sometimes when you have a fully fit squad, some of the more senior players who want to play aren't so buzzing to be on the bench.

"We were going to bring Reynolds and Shevlin on until Stafford had to come out with a head injury. Albeit for a short period, it was pleasing to get somebody like Daniel on the pitch."

Linfield host Glenavon at Windsor Park on Saturday at 3pm.

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