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Linfield lived up to club tradition with late equaliser at Larne, says David Healy

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PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 25/10/2021 Larne v Linfield Danske Bank Premiership. Linfield’s Jordan Stewart scores during this evening’s game at Inver Park in Larne. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 25/10/2021 Larne v Linfield Danske Bank Premiership. Linfield’s Jordan Stewart scores during this evening’s game at Inver Park in Larne. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Jordan Stewart

Jordan Stewart

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PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 25/10/2021 Larne v Linfield Danske Bank Premiership. Linfield’s Jordan Stewart scores during this evening’s game at Inver Park in Larne. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Linfield boss David Healy believes his players maintained the tradition of the club as they fought hard at Inver Park to keep their unbeaten domestic run intact with a late leveller.

Jordan Stewart popped up with an 88th-minute equaliser on Monday evening to ensure Healy’s men have yet to taste defeat this season in either Danske Bank Premiership, League Cup or County Antrim Shield action.

Navid Nasseri looked to have won it for the home side when he struck with 10 minutes to go, but a never-say-die attitude from the Blues came through and they now turn their attention to a home encounter with Dungannon on Saturday.

“It was hard-fought and we knew it would be,” Healy said of Monday’s draw in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

“Larne are a good side. They make it really difficult for you when you’re playing out and, at times, I thought we were probably a little bit too risky.

“Fair play to our players, because they kept going. It’s an important trait of Linfield players throughout the generations.

“They have kept going and kept going to the final whistle and when you probably haven’t been at your best or dominating a game, finding a way to get a result is important.

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“It was a fantastic ball in from Marty (Donnelly) and probably the smallest player in the league gets on the end of it.”

Indeed, it was two of Healy’s late substitutes who combined to rescue the point at Inver, with Marty Donnelly and Stewart staking their claim for a place in the starting XI.

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David Healy

David Healy

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David Healy

Healy is happy to have that type of headache, however, and had words of encouragement for those who didn’t start the match.

“All credit to the players, because we had two or three dilemmas on who we were going to play,” he added.

“Michael Newberry was unfortunate to miss out, also people like Billy (Chadwick), Marty (Donnelly) and then we had Matt Green starting.

“Ahmed (Salam) and Jordan (Stewart) not starting as well, so we know we have good options at the club.

“I’m so pleased for Jordan coming on (and scoring the goal). He gives you that extra quality and that extra bit of firepower at times and it was an important goal because it meant we got an opportunity to take a draw away from a difficult game.”

Healy’s counterpart Tiernan Lynch was keen to take the positives he saw from the encounter with the reigning champions as Larne prepare for another trip to the Ballymena Showgrounds at the weekend.

They left the same venue with a 4-0 win in the County Antrim Shield 11 days ago, but Lynch knows it will be a different task with three points up for grabs this time.

“We’re disappointed not to have come away with all three points on Monday, but it’s important we concentrate on the positives,” he said.

“We turn our focus to Ballymena now and their win against the league leaders (Cliftonville) on Saturday will have given them huge confidence.

“They’ll want to take the opportunity to turn Larne over when we go there as well.

“We’ll just concentrate on ourselves, however, and make sure that our preparation is good all week as we go there for a tough game.”


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