David Healy programme notes
Posted : 1st September 2018
Today we will welcome an Ards team that will come here determined to build on an impressive result in their last league game which was a 4-0 win I witnessed last Friday night against Newry City in Bangor.
Ards will recall their win here last season in the County Antrim Shield and they will believe they can achieve a similar positive result at our expense at Windsor Park today.
We've been delighted with our performances and results to date. The attitude of our players in training and on the pitch has been first class and so far, we've been rewarded with highly encouraging and pleasing results.
We've come away from tough venues in Glenavon, Crusaders and Cliftonville with positive results which when added to our home win against Institute, have taken us to an early lead in the Premier League table. We will not be getting carried away but we will continue to work hard to try and build on what has been a promising start to our season.
Our players have shown tremendous resilience and character to come away from both Seaview and Solitude with positive results in recent weeks. To earn a richly deserved draw after playing for over an hour with ten men at Solitude last week was particularly pleasing.
On the injury front, we will be without Cameron Stewart, Ryan McGivern, Lorcan Forde, Ryan Strain and Mark Haughey today but we will welcome Jamie Mulgrew back to the squad after missing the midweek League Cup win due to suspension.
A week or two ago I met with Jordan Stewart and advised him I would be making him available on the transfer list to suitable offers from other clubs. He has responded positively and featured in the midweek League Cup win against Moyola Park.
The midweek League Cup win against Moyola Park allowed me to give much needed game time to several young players and it was pleasing to give first team debuts to Jonathan Smith and Brandon Doyle.
Congratulations to Niall Quinn who should make his 200th Linfield appearance in today's game. Niall continues to be a consistent performer week after week for us and he remains an inspiration to many of our young players aiming to work their way through from the Academy to the first team.
Our supporters have been tremendous in each of our games to date and we really want to keep this same level of positive encouragement for each of our players. Please get behind the lads here at Windsor Park today, just as you have done in all our previous games. This positive encouragement is greatly appreciated.