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Second place isn't good enough for a club like Linfield, maintains defender Matthew Clarke

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Linfield’s Matthew Clarke and Larne’s Andrew Scott battle at Windsor Park Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Linfield’s Matthew Clarke and Larne’s Andrew Scott battle at Windsor Park Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Linfield’s Matthew Clarke and Larne’s Andrew Scott battle at Windsor Park Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Defender Matthew Clarke has warned ‘second place isn’t good enough’ as Linfield close in on the Danske Bank Premiership crown.

Ahead of the final week of an intriguing battle for the Gibson Cup, both Linfield and Cliftonville survived a gut-churning Saturday evening - at home to Larne and away to Crusaders respectively - to keep their title dreams alive.

The Blues approach their final match against Coleraine at Windsor Park, merely one point ahead of Paddy McLaughlin’s men, who travel across town to face erratic Glentoran - it will all reach a climax come 7.30pm next Saturday.

“Second place is simply not good enough for this football club,” said Clarke. “As a footballer, you want to be challenging at that (top) end of the table.

“We want to be going for league titles... that’s what this football club is built on.

“When you come to Linfield you have to buy into what the ethos of the club is. If you don’t, you won't be here.

“You have to quickly realise you are at the biggest club in the land. Winning football matches and winning trophies is what’s expected at this football club. Nothing else is good enough.

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“It’s in our hands... we know what we have to do on the final day of the season – we have to go and win the game. There will be pressure and tension, there is no question about that.”


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