48 hours after arriving home from Old Trafford, I was back on the road again to watch football. Thankfully not as far, Coleraine, though it does feel like it sometimes.
It was Linfield’s last game before the split, and a win would have taken them top going into it. Ever since it was introduced in 2009, every team that has went into their 34th game top has went on to win the league.
It ended up being one of those where you are stuck in the middle emotion wise. Frustrated at not going 4 points clear, but relieved that Cliftonville (who also drew 0-0, away to Glentoran) didn’t go level ahead of next week’s meeting.
Both teams will feel this was a game they could have won. That would probably suggest that a draw was a fair result.
After a relatively slow start, Linfield took control of the game, creating chances. Nothing clear cut, but enough to suggest that a goal could come soon. Half-time came at a good time for Coleraine.
As is tradition at Coleraine, Linfield attacked the end where their fans were based. A packed shed, willing their team on, could watch on as chances game and went.
Lucky bounce in Coleraine’s favour. Coleraine defender being in the right place to block it. Linfield player missing when they should have scored. Coleraine keeper making a save. You name it, it happened.
Coleraine were dangerous too when they attack, with Linfield fans nervous when they attack. Their best chance came when David McDaid shot straight at Tuffey when through on goal.
It was one of those games when you just knew it was going to finish 0-0, no matter how hard both times tried. And Linfield did try. More pressure on the Coleraine goal as the minutes ticked down. It just wasn’t to be.
Disappointed not to win, but thankful that no damage was done.
One positive from today? 5 clean sheets in the last 7 games. Now there’s something to build on for the next 5 games.