Andrew Mitchell programme article

Posted : 13th April 2019

With one point needed to clinch the Gibson Cup against Crusaders at Windsor Park this afternoon, Linfield midfielder Andrew Mitchell told 'Look at Linfield' it would mean a lot to him to lift his first title in Linfield colours.

“It would be massive for me to lift the league this year with Linfield. I came here to compete for everything and to have that pressure of winning every time I pull on the shirt. It’s a massive relief and enjoyment at the same time!”

“It would take an almighty collapse from us to lose this league now. I feel we deserve it this season. We have been the best team. The players and club are in a good place at the moment, but we won’t be resting until no one can catch us. Another Champions League experience would be great. Playing against the top teams is tough but the amount you gain fitness wise from them games certainly helps leading into the season, but we need to get the job done first.”

The former Rangers midfielder says the management team deserve a lot of credit for how well Linfield have done so far this season for sticking with the squad of players after the disappointment of finishing fourth last season. The Glengormley native also praised the supporters and says bringing the Gibson Cup back to Windsor Park would be the perfect reward for their support.

“I believe the gaffer and his management team deserve a lot of credit. Last year we all know simply wasn’t good enough. Most of this team went through the pain last year and to be fair he has stuck with us, along with the fresh blood he has brought in. I think that has been a big factor and as the season has went on boys have built confidence and consistency.”

“Again, last year was hard on us. But the fans pay money to watch us. It’s not an easy place to be sometimes but on Friday night and to be honest throughout the whole season they have been there in numbers supporting us. I am over the moon to be in the position we are in to give something back to them after last season’s hurt!”

Mitchell – who turned 27 last week – has impressed in midfield this season and has worked hard to earn his place in the team. It has been a tough time for him off the pitch, however, and he wished to place on record his gratitude to everyone connected to Linfield for the support they’ve shown since the deeply sad passing of his sister, Michaela in February.

“The past two months have been tough on my family especially. I got really unlucky with an impact injury then the sad news of my sister passing away. Everyone around me has been super. I can’t thank them enough. People inside the football circle have really supported me and getting back out on the pitch has helped get over these hard times.”

“I’ve worked hard on my game throughout the whole year. I have tried to add some extra sessions with assistant manager Ross Oliver on days off which has helped. I got off to a good start and cemented a place in the team. Apart from the month or two out with injury I’ve been happy with the way I’ve played.”

Everyone connected with Linfield will hope to see Andrew help clinch the Gibson Cup this afternoon and wish him well for the remainder of the season.
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