Belfast Telegraph

Patterson isn't looking to the sky

By Stuart McKinley

There may be a few people around north-Belfast who are starting to talk about Cliftonville's Irish Premier League opener against Linfield, but manager Eddie Patterson isn't one of them.

As if the Blues playing the Reds at Solitude wasn't a big enough game already, the Sky Sports cameras will be there as the digital satellite station shows the first of a handful of domestic games in the coming campaign.

Patterson, however, is happy to let the fans do the talking as he considers two games in two different competitions before the kick-off to the Championship season.

A place in the quarter-finals of the CIS Insurance Cup has already been secured for last season's runners-up, as has top spot in Group C, the main focus for Patterson though, is maintaining his side's unbeaten start to the season.

And that means seeing off the challenge of Limavady United tomorrow and then the Blues in the quarter-finals of the County Antrim Shield at Windsor Park on Tuesday evening.

"The fans are getting excited about the league game against Linfield," said Patterson.

"We have other games to come before that though, one of which is against Linfield, so it's very much on the back burner as far as myself and the players are concerned.

"There will be a lot of build-up and hype before the game I am sure and it will be nice for the club to have that kind of spotlight on us.

"It is sure to be a big occasion, the first time an Irish League game has been shown live on Sky.

"I just hope that the match itself lives up to the expectation and although we will be out to win it I want it to be a good advertisement for Irish League football as well."

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