UK news Destiny’s in our own hands, says Healy after Larne spoil Linfield’s title script last news
MetiNews.Com - Linfield boss David Healy doesn’t intend to press the panic button after his team’s failure to clinch a world record-equalling 55th League title at Windsor Park yesterday.
Breaking News ! "Linfield boss David Healy doesn’t intend to press the panic button after his team’s failure to clinch a world record-equalling 55th League title at Windsor Park yesterday. It was supposed to be a day of celebration in their final home game of the season. Victory would have meant the Blues had matched Rangers’ number of title wins on the very day Steven Gerrard’s side were presented with their own Premiership trophy.When Larne arrived at Windsor Park, however, they obviously hadn’t read the script. Incredibly, they hadn’t won at the international arena since November 27, 1976 — but they certainly addressed that issue.And, in another ironic twist, it was former Linfield defender Josh Robinson who hit the injury-time winner to deny the Blues the crown when a point would have sealed it thanks to their superior goal difference over Coleraine.It was a disjointed, scrappy and nervous performance not associated with a side that will almost certainly get the job done in their final two games — away at Coleraine and Cliftonville.Ronan Hale shot the visitors into the lead on 58 minutes after goalkeeper Chris Johns had beaten out a piledriver from Mark Randall.But with five minutes remaining, Niall Quinn appeared to have secured the draw the Blues required with a stunning low 25-yard drive that arrowed into the bottom corner.With the clock ticking down, deep into injury time, substitute Lee Lynch whipped in a corner-kick from the left that fell invitingly for Robinson, who rammed home.Naturally disappointed, Healy was measured in his post-match analysis.“It was a disappointing day, we were short in our performance,” he said.“We conceded two poor goals, which ultimately cost us. As a group and, with the amount of experience we had on the pitch, I fully expected them to see the game out.“That’s why I was disappointed by conceding that late goal. We had enough experienced players on the pitch to deal with the four minutes of injury time.“It’s not exactly doom and gloom, it’s difficult for me to be too critical of the players.“If anything, the boys are critical of themselves which showed me how disappointed they were that they couldn’t manage to get over the line. Yes, I’m the manager, but some of it is player-driven.
.”The pressure is now firmly on Healy’s boys in their final two matches.“It’s now basically a League decider against Coleraine on Tuesday week,” he added.“It’s in our hands, it’s now up to us to finish the job.“If we go there, put in a performance and a good shift, hopefully it will be enough to get the result we need. We are still in a good position, that’s down to 36 games of hard work.“Yes, we’ve lost a few and dropped a few points, but the players have given themselves an opportunity to finish it off. It’s in our hands.“It would have been nice to have won it at Windsor Park, but we must now refocus, sharpen the focus and go and deliver.”“I was thrilled with the performance, I thought the win was thoroughly deserved,” he said.“The last time we came here, we let ourselves down badly. We knew we had to put that right.“We got our game plan spot on and all the credit must go to the players.“The big thing for us was to make sure when the Blues go to Coleraine next week, they needed something from the game. That was the attitude we had approaching the game.“Thankfully, that’s now the case. We want to finish as high up the table as possible. To finish in second place, we would still need a little bit of luck, but you just never know in the League.“We have to look after our end and hopefully we get a bit of fortune elsewhere.”"
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