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Linfield boss David Healy will call on big guns to blow away Armagh City

By David Mason

Linfield boss David Healy insists the Tennent's Irish Cup is very much on his radar.

The Blues, who haven't won the glittering prize since 2012, will aim to crank up their challenge when they entertain Armagh City in a sixth round clash at Windsor Park tomorrow.

Northern Ireland legend Healy is determined to make the Blues a force once more. Even though they'll go into the cup tie as hot favourites against their Championship One opponents, Healy is leaving nothing to chance.

"I've had Armagh watched on three occasions and I've had detailed reports on them," said Healy.

"It looks like they have a bit of experience mixed in with youth, which can work well. We have done our homework on them.

"It's a massive day out for any team coming to Windsor Park. I'm sure they'll bring a good crowd with them to have a day out. It will make for a good atmosphere.

"Armagh will have our utmost respect.

"There will be no one rested, that's for sure. I'll be putting out my strongest team available.

"There may be one or two alterations to the squad. Michael McLellan is cup-tied for a start. Playing three games inside one week is demanding, so we'll see how everyone is.

"We have to make sure we send Armagh back down the road - and out of the cup. The Irish Cup if firmly in our sights."

Healy is delighted with the impact of new signings, former Cork City midfielder Ross Gaynor and striker McLellan, who hit his first goal for the club in the 6-0 midweek league hammering off Dungannon Swifts after being snapped up from H&W Welders.

"As a manager, you are always going to be judged by the people you bring in," he added.

"You always want them to settle quickly. Ross has been here for a month or so now. He has already demonstrated what a good player he is.

"I was delighted that Michael got off the mark against Dungannon. When you move up from Championship One, there are always going to be questions, but you only have to look at the stats and the amount of goals he scored.

"Some people may think I was taking a chance, but I don't see it that way. For a guy to score 74 goals at any level is quite impressive.

"He needs to improve on his fitness, he needs to be a little bit sharper, but that will come.

"I've spoken with other people, I've watched him play. So I know his attributes."

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