David Healy explains Linfield's approach for potential title decider with Larne

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Linfield boss David Healy -Credit:INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

David Healy insists his Linfield team will keep going in the title race until it's "mathematically impossible".

The odds may be stacked against the Blues ahead of tonight's visit by league leaders Larne, who have a three-point and a 17-goal advantage over their nearest rivals. Healy said their focus will solely be on winning the game at Windsor Park and not the final game of the season.

"We will be doing our best on Monday against Larne," he said. "We've always kept going until it's mathematically impossible at this football club even under previous regimes and managers.

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"We will turn up on Monday and hopefully be hungry to go and beat Larne, whether it's for the league championship or just for pride. We need to go and do our jobs and hopefully do it a little bit better than what we did against Coleraine.

"Whatever happens on Monday depending on the situation in the game, if we were good enough or fortunate enough to take it into the last game then we'll take it from there. Obviously a draw is no use for us given how the goal difference is, but I don't think it will be a draw because we need to go for it.

"If we're good enough and perform well enough to beat Larne on Monday then I have every faith in a club like Coleraine to go and give it everything they have for the integrity of the league in the final game of the season at Inver Park. They may do like most teams and go to Larne and lose, but I've absolutely no doubt their mindset will be to go there and give it their best shot as they did against us last week."

The late draw against Coleraine was the latest disappointment for Healy to swallow, but he feels his lack of squad options has played a major impact on their results this season.

"Nobody needs to hear me talking about this but we're missing key individuals in and around the squad," he said. "Our bench against Coleraine, no disrespect to them, was young. Our oldest sub was Michael Newberry who's 26 then you're going down to 22, 21, 17.

"It's been a frustrating season when you lose a player, position specific like Euan East, we're also without Josh Archer and Stevie Fallon, players who give you legs and energy.

"Josh has been incredible over the last few weeks, but he's probably not going to play the rest of the season, and Stevie has missed the majority of the season. Defensively Euan East has been one of our best finds and best players, he's been a huge loss to us."

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