Jimmy Callacher programme article

Posted : 24th December 2016

Linfield defender Jimmy Callacher spoke to ‘Look at Linfield’ last weekend after netting his sixth goal of the season and third goal in the last two games, but despite his good form in front of goal Jimmy said the most important thing is always collecting three points. Callacher netted in the 51st minute against Ballymena United before defensive partner Mark Stafford won the game with a dramatic late headed goal.

“It’s always special and exciting to get a late winner but the most important thing was to get the three points. Of course, it was nice to score but we don’t look at individuals. We're just out to collect three points collectively as a team and keep the pressure on Crusaders. If I can do my bit to help our chances of winning, I will.”

All six of Callacher’s goals this season have been from set-plays, something which has been a big part of David Healy’s Linfield and Jimmy was full of praise for the wide men who provide the deliveries for him to attack. Callacher has now netted 13 times in 103 appearances since joining Linfield from rivals Glentoran in January 2014.

“We’ve been working on set pieces quite a lot and it has proved very beneficial for us. Mark Haughey, Mark Stafford and I are all over six-foot tall, so if we’re playing with the right deliveries coming in, we’ll be a threat. With Ross Gaynor and Kirk Millar who are in the team at the minute, the deliveries have been great and obviously, Aaron Burns’ delivery was also on target for Stafford’s winner against Ballymena.”

As a former Glentoran player, Callacher is no stranger to the big Boxing Day derby. The 25 year-old has appeared in four Boxing Day clashes, two for each team. However, he did appear in a further two rearranged Boxing Day fixtures for the Glens. Jimmy was a boyhood Linfield fan and is a former junior member of 1st South Belfast Linfield Supporters Club.

“As soon as the fixtures are released every year, you know that big Boxing Day derby is the standout fixture in local football. We’ll be training well and will be well prepared from training this week as we are fully focused on going out for another big three points. We as players are at the club to deliver three points every Saturday and as long as we do that against Glentoran, we’ll be delighted. We know this is much more than a game of football to the supporters.”

Linfield go into this festive clash in second place, five points behind Crusaders but the local fan-favourite believes that if Linfield can keep up their good form, Healy’s men will be right up there come the end of the season.

“We’re on a good run now and we know ourselves that if we can put a good run of wins together, we’ll be right up there. I think that showed last year when we got close after a poor November, albeit we just fell short but now the gap isn’t as big, so we’ll keep fighting. We will just concentrate on ourselves and see where that takes us.”

Linfield supporters will hope to see Jimmy continue his rich vein of form at both ends of the pitch and hope that he and his teammates can secure the festive bragging rights in today’s eagerly awaited tussle against Gary Haveron’s Glentoran.
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