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Sort it out: Michael Carvill knows Linfield must make Windsor Park a fortress

Sort it out: Michael Carvill knows Linfield must make Windsor Park a fortress

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Sort it out: Michael Carvill knows Linfield must make Windsor Park a fortress

Michael Carvill says Linfield must start enjoying their home comforts to challenge for silverware this season.

Back-to-back home defeats to title rivals Cliftonville and Crusaders have sparked a chorus of boos around the Windsor Park construction site and Stephen Baxter's side make a hasty return to the venue this evening for a County Antrim Shield quarter-final scrap (7.45pm).

Warren Feeney's side crashed to a 2-1 defeat on Saturday - their third home loss this season after Glenavon and the Reds also left with maximum points.

Opposition teams are relishing performing on the lush new Windsor pitch but the home faithful are demanding more magic from their heroes.

Carvill admits the team needs to start sparkling at the international venue.

"We cannot feel sorry for ourselves but there's an end of the world feeling here after a few bad results which you don't get at other clubs," said the former Wrexham man.

"What worries us the most is we must get our home form right. You need to have a strong home record to challenge for trophies.

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"This County Antrim Shield game is a good chance to put Saturday's result behind us.

"That's when the winning mentality kicks in, you learn from your mistakes and do better."

The winger, who provided the perfect cross for Andy Waterworth's goal on Saturday, insists the players are determined to weather this minor storm.

He added: "We are addressing that by working hard in training and we need to bring that determination into the games because this is a very difficult league and you must perform in every game.

"Crusaders managed the game better than we did on Saturday. As a team we are letting in too many goals.

"There was a period when we got good results while we weren't conceding but now we are conceding and that is affecting us.

"At this stage of the season you have to work on these things but you remember what you have to do right at the end of the campaign.

"We are three points behind Cliftonville who are at the top and we need to start reacting now.

"If we allow them to get further way from us it leaves us with much more work to do.

"If you can stay near the top at Christmas time then you can do the damage from then to April.

"We need to regroup, identify what we are doing wrong and keep doing the things we are doing right. We must stay together as a squad because life can be tough as a player at Linfield. You are expected to win every week and it doesn't always happen like that."

Carvill admitted the players cannot afford to switch off during an intense 90-minute battle.

"I thought we looked a bit lacklustre in the first half against Crusaders but we did regroup at half-time and put in a better performance after the break," added the 26-year-old.

"We could have got a point but at a club like Linfield you cannot afford to be turning up for just 30 minutes - you need to keep going for the whole game.

"From their perspective they were two good strikes but we feel we should have done better. You always think you could do better after missing a chance or conceding a goal."


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