Was at Windsor Park today for Linfield’s match against Ballinamallard United, which I would have preferred to be played away from home, and it wasn’t because of the opportunity to travel to Fermanagh on a sunny October day, as Linfield slumped to their third home defeat of the season.
To give a sense of perspective, Linfield lost three home league games in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 combined. Like the two other home defeats, you could cut and paste the same problems. Outfought and Outthought. Not good enough.
After going a goal behind after two minutes, Linfield got a goal back to go in at half-time. Sometimes you can’t help but wonder if it would have been better to go in at half-time trailing.
All three home defeats have been level at half-time. It’s almost as if the attitude isn’t there to win a game in the second-half rather than chasing the game in the second-half like against Glenavon.
When Ballinamallard went 2-1 up, there was an inevitability about the result. For all the possession and “situations”, not once was Alvin Rouse forced into a top save.
“A shock result” – Only if you base it on reputation rather than the league table.
For all this “Traditional slow starters nosense” cliche, Linfield climbed to the top of the table in 2009 and 2010. One week away from playing everyone once, Linfield are languishing in sixth.
Nine points behind already, there’s a serious possibility this season could be a write-off before Christmas.
Usual arrangement with photos at Windsor Park. With it being bright all afternoon, had natural daylight to work with which helped.