David Healy wants Linfield to ’embrace and enjoy’ oval derby atmosphere



The Blues will visit the BetMcLean Oval with the aim of injecting a boost into a campaign described as “average” by boss Healy after eight points in four games.

Hosts Glentoran can boast a proud home overall record under Mick McDermott, but suffered a major oval setback with the weekend’s woes in a 3-0 loss to the Crusaders.

Healy now has to reshuffle his attacking options after Christy Manzinga’s red card on Saturday and is aware of the high stakes for both clubs, but wants his players to learn from the high-profile test.

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Linfield boss David Healy. Photo by Pacemaker.

“It’s a huge game for both teams,” Healy said following the goalless draw at Glenavon. “So we’re going to tackle it like we do for any game in the middle of the week.

“I can’t wait … as a player I have had the chance to play in decent games and the players in my dressing room now have the opportunity to go and play in a great game.

“I know that with the group of players that we have, if we come forward and produce a better performance than today, we are able to beat Glentoran or anyone.

“You should take the challenge to go to the Oval … kiss it, enjoy it.”

“Glentoran has made good progress and all credit to everyone at the club.

“They are looking for what we want – just like Larne, Cliftonville, Coleraine and Crusaders … to be successful.”

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