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Keeping cool heads irrespective of results has been a vital component of Cliftonville’s season, explains Jonny Addis.

The 29-year-old central defender says that, as much as last Friday’s Samel Gelston’s Whiskey Irish Cup semi-final loss to Crusaders was a setback, what mattered most in the aftermath was that the team reacted positively to get the better of Portadown in their midweek Danske Bank Premiership tussle.

With three points having been pocketed at Shamrock Park, Addis says focus immediately turned to tomorrow night’s Solitude showdown with Linfield.

“Last Friday was obviously massively disappointing,” he admits.

“We were competing on all fronts on that point and we wanted to make sure we got to the Irish Cup Final, but it wasn’t to be.

“What we’ve done all season is respond to defeats and we did that again on Tuesday. We haven’t dwelt too long on victories or dwelt too long on defeats either.

“It was important we got a result and that’s the way we look at every game.”

You can read the full Addis interview in tomorrow’s edition of our Matchday Magazine, which will be on sale at Solitude for £3.

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