UK news David Healy apologises as Linfield 'nowhere near' the level expected in derby defeat to Glentoran last news
MetiNews.Com - Linfield manager David Healy has apologised for his side's performance in Tuesday evening's derby defeat to Glentoran.
Breaking News ! "Linfield manager David Healy has apologised for his side's performance in Tuesday evening's derby defeat to Glentoran. The 3-1 loss at the Oval stretches his side's run to just one win in their last five matches and leaves their lead at the top of the table cut to just two points with Coleraine in hot pursuit.Crusaders, Larne and Cliftonville are all six points back while the Glens are now within nine points and boast two games in hand.Off the back of the 1-0 Big Two defeat at Windsor Park just a week previous, the result will have been doubly hard to take for the Blues and left Healy taking the blame upon himself. "I can only apologise tonight as the manager for the level of performance," he told the club website."It wasn't the level we want to be at as a club. As a manager, I was nowhere near the level we need to be."I understand there are a lot of games and inconsistency but where we were tonight was nowhere near acceptable."I'll have the players' backs 100% going forward, they know that. I'll take a huge, huge level of responsibility tonight."I wanted to play the same team. The team that played against Larne (in a 2-1 win on Friday) probably earned the right to play tonight."In hindsight maybe a bit of freshness, keep people on their toes going forward, might not have been a bad thing."Linfield have now picked up just five points from their last five outings, their worst run over a five-game stretch since the end of the 17/18 season."It's not even frustration tonight,"Healy continued. "I was frustrated last week when we lost, when we couldn't beat Coleraine or Carrick."I'm more disappointed tonight with the level of performance. Over the 90 minutes, we nowhere near did enough.
."If we're going to be successful we need to make sure we're cutting out small errors. Small errors lead to big errors and big errors lead to goals conceded."Healy admitted his team are going to face an almighty scrap in their bid to win a fourth title in five seasons."The players need to be aware of that and we need to grasp that," he said. "I was grasp it and as a group we need to do it quickly. What we don't want is a situation in four, five, six weeks down the line where we're three, four, six, seven, eight points behind somebody because then it becomes a real challenge."We're still in and around where we want to be. It would be nice to be a few more points clear but we're not."I'll take full responsibility. I've always done it. The players have been magnificent for me. Tonight we just fell short of the standards."It's another Belfast derby for Linfield on Saturday, when they host Cliftonville at Windsor Park and Healy could scarcely tolerate another performance of a similar level."I keep saying it, we shouldn't need rallying cries or pumping of chests when we play Glentoran, Cliftonville or Crusaders. That needs to come from within the players," he said."We need to raise our standards and our aggressiveness when we're closing down, when we're breaking, when we need to put the ball in the back of the net."Cliftonville are in good form, we're in mixed form, let's say, and we need to be better going forward.""
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