Football: JEFFREY WARNS HIS BLUES TO REMEMBER LARNE CLASH; Loughgall V Linfield Carnegie Premier League
Byline: By DARREN FULLERTON
LINFIELD boss David Jeffrey has warned his team against complacency when they face relegation haunted Loughgall at Lakeview this afternoon.
The Blues, who lead the Carnegie Premier Division by three points from Cliftonville with six games left, are firm favourites to pick up maximum points against the Villagers.
But Jeffrey insists there is "no such thing as a sure thing in football" - especially against a team currently fighting for its top flight life.
"A lot of people are thinking the outcome will be a sure thing, but there's no such thing as a foregone conclusion," he said.
"Loughgall have been awkward opponents in the past and they will see that they've got absolutely nothing to lose in this game.
"My view is that this is another big, big game and I have reminded the players of that."
Jeffrey also believes a recent scoreless draw against second-bottom Larne is proof little can be taken for granted as the title race reaches its finale.
"A couple of weeks ago when we went to Larne people said 'well, it's only Larne' and look what happened there," he said.
"We're not treating this one lightly and we know it will be very difficult because Loughgall are fighting for their Premiership lives."
Linfield will be without several first-team regulars, including the injured Michael Gaul t, Jamie Mulgrew and Thomas Stewart who are on Northern Ireland U21 duty and Alan Mannus who has joined up with the senior international squad. …