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Linfield have, one to eleven, the best team in the league: David Healy

Best team: David Healy says his players are worthy of title
Best team: David Healy says his players are worthy of title

By Stephen Alexander

The champagne is well and truly on ice for yet another Linfield league title triumph - and manager David Healy is in no mood to delay the celebrations!

The Blues need just a point from their remaining four games to officially nail down championship number 53 after finally ending Ballymena United's gutsy title challenge thanks to a typically predatory Andy Waterworth strike.

And after relinquishing their title to Crusaders last season, fate has decreed that the Blues could regain the crown against the outgoing champions at Windsor Park this weekend.

"The hard work has paid off - we're nearly there and we have an opportunity next Saturday to go and win the league in front of our own fans," said Healy.

"I read and hear a lot about other clubs have been doing this, other players have been doing that but we have, one to 11, the best team in the league this year, in my eyes.

"The league table doesn't lie, the number of goals we've scored doesn't lie and the number of clean sheets we have doesn't lie."

Ballymena boss David Jeffrey meanwhile, insisted his side still has plenty to play for, with second place and European football still the target for the Braidmen.

"I've watched the goal back and we should have done better on three occasions within a matter of seconds.

"But our boys didn't crumble - they showed great resilience, great character, great courage.

"The result doesn't change our focus - our target is to crack getting into Europe. Before the Linfield game we needed nine points to do that - we still need nine points, regardless of what happens," added Jeffrey.

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