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In the firing Lin

Paddy McLaughlin says Cliftonville would be foolish to disregard the wounded animal mentality that Linfield will carry into tomorrow’s Danske Bank Premiership clash – but also insists that his men should travel to Windsor Park confident in their own ability.

The Reds saw a three-game winning run brought to a halt by a late Ballymena United equaliser on Tuesday night, just as the Blues were mulling over a second loss to Glentoran inside a week.

In between times, David Healy’s side picked up maximum points against Larne and McLaughlin expects a similarly spirited response this weekend.

“There’s never a good time to play a team of the quality of Linfield,” he stresses.

“People might say this is a good time because they’ve suffered a couple of bad defeats, but they have so much quality and they’re Champions for a reason. They know how to get themselves out of trouble.

“They’ll be disappointed to have lost to Glentoran on Tuesday night, especially having lost to them twice in a week, but we’ll go there with no fear. We’ll go there with the same commitment, the same energy and the same quality we’ve had over the last two months and if we play like that and work like we have, there’s no doubt we can go and get a win.

“We don’t fear them, we don’t worry about how they’re getting on. If we look after ourselves, we’ve every chance of getting a result.”