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Relishing it: David Healy is loving the tense title fight

Relishing it: David Healy is loving the tense title fight

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Relishing it: David Healy is loving the tense title fight

Linfield manager David Healy insists he is thriving under the pressure of an increasingly tense title race.

The Blues returned to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership in midweek.

But with five teams separated by just four points, the championship chase is changing with every match. It leaves no room for error, with one slip-up potentially damaging.

As the title race continues to twist and turn, and games take on more and more significance, the pressure is intensifying.

Healy, though, is relishing the high stakes of one of the tightest contests in years.

He said: "Everybody is talking and asking questions - for me, I've always said it and I go back to when I was a player, I thrive on that.

"People have different tools and motivation for how they lift themselves and motivate themselves.

"People say who motivates the motivator? I don't think anyone does. The motivator motivates.

"I don't need to go and speak to anyone to get motivated, because I'm already motivated.

"I'm in the privileged position to be the manager of this club."

Linfield moved top of the table with a 2-1 win over Dungannon on Tuesday night.

Today, they face Warrenpoint in a game between two sides poles apart in the table.

The Co Down side, who started the season with eight straight league defeats, are six points from safety.

However, they have shown signs of improvement since Barry Gray returned as manager in October after the sacking of Stephen McDonnell.

Healy is expecting a difficult game.

He added: "I speak to Barry regularly because he has some of our younger players and I'm always checking up to see how they are doing.

"I had a lot of time for Stephen McDonnell, who was the manager there, and the huge job that he did.

"Barry understands and knows the club inside out, better than anyone. He has gone in, brought some of his own players in and has found a way to be competitive and difficult to beat."

Linfield had to come from behind to beat Dungannon in midweek, with Andy Waterworth scoring twice.

It was another game where, by Healy's own admission, they did not hit their peak.

Asked if Linfield have another level to reach, he added: "I believe so, and we're in and around getting there. Have we got there yet? No. Will we get there towards the end of the season? We might not. Some of the other teams might not.

"But it's important that some of the players in there, the staff - we've been over the course and distance, and we know what it takes. We know what it takes to dig out a result."

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