Chris Casement programme article

Posted : 16th December 2017

Linfield defender Chris Casement is under no illusions that Warrenpoint Town will make life hard for the Blues this afternoon but he remains confident that Linfield’s quality can shine through to take three much needed points into a busy festive schedule.

“Warrenpoint are fighting for their lives. They'll make it tough, I’m sure. You just have to look at last week when they ran Crusaders very close, by all accounts. They will see themselves as underdogs with nothing to lose. They have some good attackers, like Darren Murray who I played with at Portadown. We are confident that we can get the win to extend our winning run and will approach the game in a thoroughly professional manner.”

The right back sees today’s match against Warrenpoint - who are managed by former Linfield striker Matthew Tipton – as an opportunity to maintain momentum, ahead of upcoming tough and mouth watering matches against Cliftonville, Glentoran, Crusaders and Coleraine within a nine day period.

“You just take each game as it comes but we want to get three points at Windsor against Warrenpoint to keep the momentum going, ahead of a really big festive period where we play four huge fixtures within the space of nine days. There’s a real hunger within this squad to retain our title. Last season was amazing for all involved and we want to do it over again.”

Casement made his 100th Linfield appearance on the day Linfield lifted the league title at Solitude last season, a day that will live long in the memory for Chris and he is really enjoying life at Windsor Park.

“Last season I came into the team towards the end of the season at a crucial stage. The manager showed great faith in me and I hope I am repaying that faith. Defending is a big part of the game and it’s great to play with such good defenders and a goalkeeper of Roy Carroll’s undoubted class.”

Today Linfield will aim to wrap up a fourth consecutive league victory after hard fought wins against Coleraine, Glenavon and Dungannon Swifts. The Blues, of course, didn’t play last week due to the bad weather but the squad still enjoyed each other’s company.

“Unfortunately, last week’s match away to Carrick was obviously postponed due to the snow, so it’ll be good to get back out on the pitch again. The squad spent the day together in Belfast socialising instead, which was a great example of the togetherness of our squad and a big part of why we’ve had that success.”

The 29 year-old is upbeat about the Blues’ chances this season and he also praised the spirit around the Club, whilst wishing Linfield Swifts all the best for their upcoming Steel and Sons Cup final against Newington on Christmas morning at Seaview.

“It was well documented when we had a few disappointing results in October and November but I feel we’ve responded well. Hopefully, we will be able to look back and say the win over Coleraine was a huge turning point, when some were writing us off. There’s a good feeling here at the minute. We're really looking forward to these big games and the Swifts also have a cup final to look forward to in the Steel and Sons Cup so I wish them the best of luck.”

Best wishes to the Banbridge native for the remainder of the season, as he aims to add to his three league titles and three Irish Cup winning medals with Linfield.
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