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Consistency is key: Magilton

Though he acknowledges that Linfield represent his side’s toughest challenge of the season so far, Jim Magilton says that n harmonious approach is key to Cliftonville’s long-term aspirations.

The Reds have started the new Sports Direct Premiership season with victories over Glenavon, Newry City and Carrick Rangers and come up against a Blues side seeking to extend a 100% record of their own when the teams lock horns at Windsor Park.

Magilton believes that Cliftonville’s desire to produce consistent performances is best served by maintaining a consistent build-up to every game.

“Undoubtedly, this is going to be a very tough game,” he explains.

“Away to Linfield is one of the most difficult matches you can face in this League. The Blues are the standard bearers in this League for everything they’ve done over a very long period.

“They’re a team that are always up there, always in the hunt for titles and trophies and we know this will be a very tough game for us.

“It’s one we’re looking forward to, though. I feel we’ve improved game by game so far this season and we’ll be consistent in our approach and our messaging because we believe that’s where the long-term benefits will lie for us.

“We have a certain style of play we want to implement and we’re obviously only at the very start of that. The way we approach games and the instructions and information that we’re giving out to the players won’t change because if we want to be consistent in our performances, we have to be consistent in how we prepare.”