Sport Linfield boss David Healy outlines 'slightly worrying' trend following latest defeat

15:35  27 january  2021
15:35  27 january  2021 Source:   belfastlive.co.uk

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David Healy insists Linfield need to "stamp out" throwing away points from winning positions this season.

The Blues twice led Cliftonville before ending up on the wrong side of a 4-3 defeat on Tuesday night.

It was the champions' third league defeat of the season.

Last month they lost 3-1 to Larne after taking the lead through Shayne Lavery.

They also lost 2-1 to Warrenpoint Town back in November after taking the lead in that game.

Last night's defeat did little damage to their lead at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership, however, with Larne losing to Coleraine and Crusaders dropping points against Portadown.

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"You're always disappointed, it's an easy word to use after a result like tonight," Healy told Linfield.com.

"I feel for the players. They put a lot into the game.

"We had a game on Saturday and I thought we came into this looking to build a little bit of momentum after beating Warrenpoint, and the tough away win we had at Mourneview at the start of the year.

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"We made crucial errors tonight which cost us, and we have conceded too many goals as a group this year. That is something we need to stamp out and stamp out quickly."

Jordan Stewart gave Linfield a 12th-minute lead last night, but that was cancelled out six minutes later when Michael McCrudden finished off a flying move by the hosts.

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They were in front again on 65 minutes courtesy of a Jamie Mulgrew deflected effort, but that lead lasted just eight minutes.

Two strikes from Conor McMenamin and a late Ryan Curran goal edged Cliftonville 4-2 ahead before Kirk Millar scored a sensational consolation in injury time.

"For some of the little bits of play we had in the first half we didn't go on and create many chances," Healy added.

"We knew coming in at half-time that we would get a reaction from Cliftonville. I thought we were better than them in the first half.

"That's a few times this year when we have lost games after being ahead. We have found a way to not get something out of the game which is disappointing and slightly worrying."

Linfield return to Premiership action this Saturday when they host Dungannon Swifts at Windsor Park.

Healy added: "You can say whatever words you think of with regards being bitterly disappointed, annoyed and frustrated.

"The players are all that and leave Solitude disappointed, but you always get an opportunity to bounce back and we don't have too long to wait.

"The season is a little bit disjointed, the process, the games. But again we need to capitalise on that. I still believe we are a strong team and in and around where we should be.

"Leaving here with nothing is disappointing. I think we should have had a penalty at 3-2. Stephen Fallon did well, getting across Jamie Harney.

"So I think we should have come away with something from the game."

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