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It's time to give the Glens some Boxing Day blues, roars Healy

Linfield's manager David Healy
Linfield's manager David Healy

By Graham Luney

Linfield boss David Healy is gunning for revenge today and has urged his players to restore the club's dominance over Glentoran in the Boxing Day showdown.

Healy has bitter memories of the Glens' win 12 months ago, when Robbie McDaid's last-minute strike secured bragging rights, and he's determined that won't happen again at Windsor Park this afternoon.

"Last year left a bitter, sour taste in my mouth," said the Northern Ireland legend.

"It was the first Boxing Day game that I lost as a manager.

"To see the Glentoran fans celebrate the way they did showed what it meant to them.

"They stayed behind and rocked our bus on the way out of the ground, bearing in mind they were a long way off a league challenging position at the time.

"We held the upper hand in these derby fixtures for a long time, so hopefully we can get back to that starting this Boxing Day."

In what could be a significant day in the title race, Danske Bank Premiership pacesetters Ballymena United host Coleraine while Crusaders go to Cliftonville and Glenavon visit Dungannon Swifts.

United, on a new club record run of 17 games unbeaten, sit four points ahead of nearest challengers Linfield.

Sky Blues boss David Jeffrey said: "It'll be a tough, tough game. Form goes out the window in these big derby games."

There are also big games in the bottom half of the table as Warrenpoint Town host Newry City and Ards are at Institute.

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