Stephen Fallon programme article

Posted : 15th May 2021

'Look at Linfield' this week catches up with midfielder Stephen Fallon who recently signed a one-year contract extension with the Blues to take his contract up until 2023.

"I was delighted to sign a new contract. Linfield is where I want to be playing my football. I am happy here and was glad to get it sorted," said Stephen.

Last week Fallon scored his third goal of the season in an entertaining 5-2 win over Dungannon Swifts in the Cup but he says he and manager David Healy both want more.

"It was nice for me to add another goal against Dungannon Swifts last week. The manager keeps telling me to add that to my game and wants me to try and get into the box when I can. Thankfully, when I managed that last week the ball fell kindly for me to tap it in."

The midfielder was in great form until he got injured against Cliftonville in March. He was out for a month after an injury picked up in a 50/50 challenge but such as the busy fixture schedule, it meant he missed seven matches.

"The season has been a bit stop-start for myself. I've had a few injuries and haven't had consistency that I'd have liked in my performances but the team is doing well and that's all that matters ultimately."

The Blues fans will be dreaming of a league and Irish Cup double after Tuesday night ‘s 3-1 win away to Loughgall which sets up an Irish Cup semi-final clash against Ballymena United at Mourneview Park next Tuesday evening. First and foremost, though, the Blues could win the title against Larne at Windsor and for Fallon it could be a fourth title win. That would be a very impressive return for someone who recently turned 24! We asked him about the challenges ahead.

“We are pleased to get through in the Cup after good performances against Dungannon Swifts and Loughgall. We always fancy ourselves against anyone and the most important thing is to focus on ourselves and look forward to the next game which is Larne.

“In football you want to be fighting on all fronts for all available trophies. We have put ourselves in a good position to be challenging for the league and the Irish Cup. So far so good for us but we need to keep going and we want to clinch the title against Larne for sure. A win would do that, so we’ll try to win the game as always. Larne is always a fixture to look forward to because it's always a good, tough game. They are a strong team with good players, especially in midfield. The last time we played them at Windsor we did really well, winning 2-1, so we want to repeat that performance and result.

“All we have done throughout this busy season with games coming thick and fast is to focus on the next game. We have a good squad which the manager has rotated well and anytime a player comes into the team they're raring to go and that keeps us all going. The build-up of fixtures has been crazy and you know sometimes you might not play but it's just important for everyone that you perform when called upon. Every player has, and continues to, play their part this season. It's been a real collective effort.”

All the very best to Stephen for the massive games ahead and let’s hope he’ll be adding to his medal collection
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