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Linfield must win trophies to continue club's prestigious record: Waterworth


Hectic schedule: Andy Waterworth says Linfield victims of their success
Hectic schedule: Andy Waterworth says Linfield victims of their success
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Andrew Waterworth has said Linfield's proud history demands that they win trophies.

The Blues are within touching distance of more silverware after seeing off Dungannon Swifts in Tuesday night's League Cup semi-final.

They will take on Ballymena United in the decider in February.

And Waterworth, whose extra-time goal secured their place in the final, said the quest for success never ends.

"This club is built on getting to finals and winning trophies," he said. "To maintain the prestigious record of Linfield getting to finals and competing for trophies is why we all play at this club.

"Last year we were disappointing - we were nowhere near a final. We vowed this year that it would be different - it was something we had to do.

"It's one step forward to lifting a trophy, but we won't get carried away."

Tuesday night's tie at Stangmore Park was the latest match in a gruelling schedule, which sees Linfield play 10 times between December 1 and January 1. David Healy has already voiced concern over the impact on his squad, saying it is unfair on part-time players.

Waterworth added: "It's a tough schedule coming up and sometimes you are a victim of your own success.

"When you are playing in semi-finals and finals, you have so many games, and for part-time footballers it is very tough.

"But we won't complain that we're in these finals. It would be worse if we were not, and did not have so many big games.

"It's a vicious circle, we're trying to keep fresh and we'd probably like less games, but it's down to our own success that we are playing so many games."

Linfield, who face Newry City in the Danske Bank Premiership this weekend, were taken the distance by Dungannon on Tuesday night, Waterworth finally provided the breakthrough three minutes into extra time, after Kirk Millar's shot was saved.

The striker (32), who now has 19 goals for the season, admitted it had been a tough game.

"We'll take credit because it was a real hard-fought win," he added.

"You have to be delighted to win games like that because it was an ugly game and it came down to concentration and a desire to win."

• EAST Belfast booked their place in Christmas Day's Steel and Sons Cup final after Danny McKee's late goal helped them to a 1-0 win over St James Swifts at Seaview.

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