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Scoring streak can help Crusaders' Jordan Forsythe become a 'top, top player'

 

By Alex Mills

Jordan Forsythe believes he has more goals in his locker after bagging a deadly double in Tuesday's Bet McLean League Cup win over Coleraine at Seaview.

The midfielder took his tally for the season to six and helped Crusaders claim a place in the last eight - the draw will be made on Saturday - as the Bannsiders crashed to their first domestic defeat of the season.

It all started so well for Oran Kearney's boys with Gareth McConaghie putting them into the lead, albeit with the use of an arm, but Forsythe's brace turned the game on its head before Jamie McGonigle levelled moments later, with Declan Caddell hitting a late winner for the Crues.

"It was great to get on the scoresheet," said Forsythe. "That's one thing I've got to add to my game - goals. But that's six so far this season. Hopefully, I can push on and get a few more.

"I'm not one to set targets, but I'd like to hit double figures. It was a brilliant match to be involved in. I knew we were going to be in a game, Coleraine have been flying high and they are a good side. They have a lot of different attributes about their team.

"But we also knew we had to show a reaction after Saturday's defeat by Glenavon, and I think we did that. We proved that display was a one-off - it was a bad day at the office for everyone."

Crusaders wingers Paul Heatley and Gavin Whyte have long been hailed as two of the league's leading lights but boss Baxter reckons Forsythe could join those circles.

"He has been doing that for a couple of seasons and probably doesn't get the credit," said the manager. "Jordan is one of those players who has everything in the locker to be a top, top player. He is now starting to bring it to the party. We see it in glimpses and we are looking for it on a bigger note."

Linfield are next up on Monday, with the game live on Sky Sports, and Forsythe insists the Crues are now back on track.

"We'll need to take that form into the Linfield game," he added. "We can take a great deal of confidence from the win.

"Coleraine knock the ball about well, which is expected as they are a great side. They have been doing tremendously well. They are at the top of the table for a reason.

"It was more like a Crusaders performance. We really opened up Coleraine, which says a lot about our team because they have been defensively strong.

"In this league, any team can beat the other. We have to take each game as it comes. We now need a big performance going to Windsor Park. We'll go there full of confidence."

Coleraine chief Kearney insisted his team shot themselves in the foot. He lamented: "We scored two goals away from home in a cup match which should have been enough to take us through.

"Yes, I made a few changes to the team, but I don't think it weakened us in any shape or form. The first two goals we conceded were unacceptable. The third one was a mis-kick, but you can't come to Crusaders and defend like that.

"Crusaders had time and space to get crosses into the box and that annoyed me. There was no pressure on the ball at all.

"You don't deserve to win a game based on the first two goals we conceded."

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