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Linfield captain laughs off 'funny' crisis as Blues go two clear at the top of the table

Linfield captain Jamie Mulgrew
Linfield captain Jamie Mulgrew
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Jamie Mulgrew has laughed off talk of a recent crisis at Linfield as the Blues eased past Warrenpoint Town to go two points clear at the top of the league on Saturday afternoon.

David Healy's side won 2-0 on the County Down coast to take full benefit of the slips by three of the chasing pack.

Crusaders drew 1-1 with fifth-placed Glentoran at the Oval while Coleraine were held 2-2 by Larne at Inver Park.

With Cliftonville's game against Carrick postponed following the tragic passing of Jerry Thompson, Linfield are now two clear of nearest challenger Coleraine and with two games in hand.

It's a stark turnaround, as the skipper noted with tongue firmly in cheek, from the League Cup semi-final loss to the Bannsiders just 11 days ago, when the Blues were beaten 3-0.

"It wasn't long ago we were in a crisis apparently," he smiled on Saturday evening, speaking to Radio Ulster. "Then we win against Cliftonville last Saturday and we're top of the league so it's funny what a crisis is at Linfield. We'll continue to look after ourselves and try and win games. It's another really tough game against Crusaders next weekend but it's something for us to relish. It'll be an exciting game."

Forward duo Andrew Waterworth and Shayne Lavery got the goals to down Warrenpoint, Lavery ending a run of five Premiership games without scoring.

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"It's good that our two strikers got on the score-sheet and that will hopefully continue to boost their confidence," said Mulgrew. "They both played very well as a partnership and going into a big game next week, hopefully they can take a lot of confidence from that.

"We were on top from the first whistle to the last. Rohan (Ferguson - goalkeeper) didn't have a save to make. The only touches of the ball he was getting was when we were passing it back to him. We could have score more goals but thankfully we got that cushion at the end."

Linfield also welcomed Daniel Kearns and Mark Haughey back onto the bench following injury, while Jordan Stewart made his first league start since August.

"We are getting bodies back which is only a plus for us. We have a lot of quality players fighting for positions and that's only going to bring rewards for us," concluded Mulgrew.

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