THE Cliftonville bubble looks well and truly burst.
And Linfield leap frogged the champions to go top of the league.
After running away with the Danske Bank Irish Premier League last season, the Reds have lost their form this season and their performances are causing their manager and fans concern.
They lost 2-0 at home to Crusaders – their fourth defeat of the season.
And its only the first weekend of October.
They never looked like scoring and the Crues keeper had a quiet afternoon in the sticks.
And things got worse when Reds keeper Conor Devlin was sent off on 73 minutes for an off-the-ball incident.
Linfield travelled to Mourneview Park with hopes high of maintaining their recent good vein of form.
Guy Bates gave the Lurgan blue men a lead on 22 minutes only for Michael Carvill to claw one back for the Windsor Park men.
But whatever Linfield manager David Jeffrey said at half time seemed to have spurred his players into life.
They were first out onto the Mourneview turf and within four minutes after the interval Andy Waterworth scored from the penalty sport.
And two minutes later Philip Lowry slotted home.
The third goal was enough to seal the points and even though Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton brought himself on he couldn’t claw back the deficit.
CLIFTONVILLE 0 (Conor Devlin sent off 73) v CRUSADERS 2 (Heatley 60, Owens 61)
COLERAINE 2 (Harkin pen 54, Jennings 67) v ARDS 1 (McDowell 73)
GLENAVON 1 (Bates 22) v LINFIELD 3 (Carvill 40, Waterworth pen 49, Lowry 53)
GLENTORAN 2 (Kane 9, Miskimmin 54) v DUNGANNON SWIFTS 1 (Douglas 17)
WARRENPOINT TOWN 2 (Hughes 7, Devlin 36) v PORTADOWN 2 (McMahon 40, Murray 69)