David Healy wants Linfield to ‘embrace and enjoy’ derby Oval atmosphere
Linfield boss David Healy has set his players a challenge to ‘embrace and enjoy’ tonight’s Big Two derby date.
The Blues will visit the BetMcLean Oval aiming to inject a boost into a campaign rated as ‘average’ by boss Healy following eights point from four fixtures.
Hosts Glentoran can boast a proud home record overall under Mick McDermott’s management but suffered a significant Oval setback with weekend woe in a 3-0 defeat to Crusaders.
Healy must now reshuffle his attacking options following Christy Manzinga’s red card on Saturday and is aware of the high stakes for both clubs but wants his players to draw inspiration from the high-profile test.
“It’s a huge match for both sides,” said Healy in the aftermath of the scoreless draw at Glenavon. “So we will go and approach it in the way we do for any midweek game.
“I look forward to it...as a player I was fortunate to play in some decent games and those players in my changing room have that opportunity now to go and play in a big game.
“I know with the group of players we have that, if we turn up and produce a better performance than today, we are capable of beating Glentoran or anybody.
“You should embrace the challenge of going to the Oval...embrace it, enjoy it.
“Glentoran have made good strides and all credit to everyone at the club.
“They are after what we want - as are Larne, Cliftonville, Coleraine and Crusaders...to be successful.”
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