Reds manager Tommy Breslin says there is no talk in changing room of title win

Reds manager Tommy Breslin says there is no talk in changing room of title win

THREE wins from their next three games could be enough to give Cliftonville their first league title in 15 years.

On Saturday, the Reds travel to Mourneview Park to take on Glenavon in what should the first three of nine points the north Belfast team need to lift the Danske Bank Irish Premier League trophy.

Two wins would mean they would be at least 14 points clear of Crusaders – with six matches to go – before the title rivals clash on 25 March.

On March 23, Cliftonville are at home to County Antrim Shield winners Ballymena.

But Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin says there is no talk in the changing room of winning the title.

However, he believes it could be playing on his players’ minds as the finishing line approaches.

“It would be great to win the next two. It is all about getting results at this stage,” said manager Tommy Breslin.

“There has not been any talk in the changing room about winning the title.

“But maybe, subconsciously, it has affected our form a bit.

“We struggled for long periods last week against Donegal Celtic and we need to improve on that.

“I can see from the performance that people are maybe getting a little bit anxious and uptight, but we will work on that.

“On the last couple of weeks our performances have not been what I wanted. We want to win playing good football.”

Runaway leaders Cliftonville will be expected to win their seventh Premiership match in succession against a Glenavon side which has won just two away league fixtures all season.

Cliftonville would go 17 points clear with victory at Mourneview Park as second-placed Crusaders do not play until Monday night when they are at home to Linfield.

The teams propping up the bottom of the table also clash on Saturday.

Donegal Celtic host Lisburn Distillery who are five points behind the west Belfast side.

Whites boss Tim McCann, however, has been heartened by recent displays which include a draw at Linfield and victory over Glenavon.

“It was tough to lose to Crusaders on penalties on Tuesday, but again we did not lose in the 90 minutes,” said McCann.

“I have told the players to keep believing in themselves.

“If they maintain the effort and the team spirit, they will get out of this and will be in the Premiership next season.”

Danske Bank Irish Premiership: Saturday 16 March (Kick offs: 3 pm)

Donegal Celtic v Lisburn Distillery

Dungannon Swifts v Coleraine

Glenavon v Cliftonville

Glentoran v Ballinamallard United

Portadown v Ballymena United



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