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Warrenpoint determined to repeat Windsor Park shut-out: McDonnell

 

Challenge: Stephen McDonnell would take another point
Challenge: Stephen McDonnell would take another point

By Graham Luney

Warrenpoint Town boss Stephen McDonnell is looking for more of the same versus table topping Linfield at Windsor Park tomorrow.

At the start of November, Town stunned the Blues by drawing 1-1 in the national stadium, with David Healy's men only scoring deep into injury time through the prolific Andy Waterworth.

Warrenpoint's display so impressed the demanding Linfield supporters that they applauded McDonnell's side off the pitch at the final whistle.

A similar scenario occurred last season when Matthew Tipton was in charge of the Milltown club after an entertaining 3-3 draw between the sides.

Following highly impressive away wins in the league and Irish Cup against Glenavon and Institute respectively to start 2019, McDonnell wants to see his players shine once more at Windsor.

"We will look to try and replicate what we did last time. We put in a workmanlike performance, drew 1-1, restricted Linfield to shots from distance and they only scored with the last kick of the game," said McDonnell, whose side are eighth in the Danske Bank Premiership.

"If we can replicate something similar and learn from the previous game and see if we can cause a couple more problems I'd be very, very happy to get a point again.

"It's a great challenge for the players and it is a great challenge for us as coaches to come up with a game plan. It's a great week building up to it because you are playing in the biggest, nicest stadium and against the biggest outfit in the league."

During the 1-1 draw, keeper Aaron McCarey, now at Dundalk, was outstanding. Jared Thompson, on loan from Chelsea, will hope to perform just as well.

He and his fellow new signings, Hernany Macedo Marques and Lee Duffy, are expected to play against Linfield, who will be buoyed after reaching the Co Antrim Shield final by beating Ballymena 2-1 in midweek.

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