IRISH LEAGUE: Linfield’s versatility encourages boss David Healy

Linfield boss David Healy

Linfield boss David Healy

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David Healy believes Linfield have showcased their versatility in the opening weeks of the Danske Bank Premiership season.

The Blues were at their clinical best against Glenavon last week, scoring four unanswered goals in a one-sided rout at Windsor Park.

The previous week they had to prove their mettle with a steely 0-0 draw against champions Crusaders at Seaview – playing most of the second half with 10 men following Stephen Lowry’s sending off.

Asked whether last week’s romp against Glenavon had set the benchmark, Healy said: “I think we set the benchmark with 10 men against Crusaders.

“That 45 minutes proved the players’ character and mettle. They proved they had the courage to go and play.

“I thought we were good against Crusaders, and I didn’t want that energy and tempo dropping against Glenavon.

“We have shown different sides to our game over the past two weeks, and that’s what you need to do against teams like Crusaders, Cliftonville and Glenavon.

“We know what we have to do, because teams raise their games against us. We have to work harder than the opposition and then hopefully the quality shines through.”

Healy admits he has a squad he can “trust”, and he will put that faith in them delivering three points against Dungannon on Saturday.

“Dungannon will be another tough test. They won at Solitude last week which is a hard place to get a result, so we have to be ready,” Healy added.