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Steven Crawford

David Healy demands perfection as Linfield bid to keep title dream alive

David Healy admitted anything less than perfect from Linfield from now until the end of the season probably will not be good enough.

The Blues are doing their best to reel in league leaders Larne and cut the gap to five points after this weekend's round of fixtures.

But Healy knows with just five games left to play his side cannot afford to slip up if they are to have any chance of retaining the Gibson Cup for a fifth season in a row.

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"It's important that we win every time we play at the minute," he said.

"Anything less than a win isn't going to be good enough.

"When we play before the league leaders and the other teams in and around us chasing second place and the European spots we need to do our job.

"I said to the players before and after the game that good champions go down fighting.

"Larne are huge favourites still, absolutely huge, They should go on and win it.

"If we go down, and go down fighting, sometimes you have to accept that."

Linfield are certainly making a fist of it with 12 goals scored and none conceded in their last two league games.

With the likes of Eetu Vertainen and Kyle Lafferty missing the 5-0 hammering of Dungannon Swifts on Friday night Healy was delighted to see young strikers Ethan Devine and Chris McKee step up and take their chance.

"Ethan in a way has been unfortunate," he said.

"He probably hasn't found his form from last year, but I thought his all-round game tonight was very good.

"Last year he was probably labelled a 'Super Sub' when he was coming on and scoring late headers and whatever else.

"Again though his overall performance linking up the play and with the ball at his feet was very good.

"It was probably helped with the performance of Chris McKee, I thought he was excellent in the role that he played.

"I was pleased for the attackers that they got their goals.

"For Ethan all I would say is more of the same please."


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