Linfield manager David Healy strongly criticised his players’ hunger and performance levels following their 3-1 defeat by Glentoran on Tuesday night.
The Blues suffered their second defeat in a week against their Big Two rivals in a match that was controlled by the Glens after they took an early lead.
“As much as you don’t want to say it, I think we were beaten by a hungrier and better team,” he said.
“The level of our performance was nowhere near the standards needed.
“It is a hard one to analyse straight away but we had a brief conversation with the players after the game and will assess the performance. They are under no illusions as to how disappointing they were individually and collectively.
“I just thought we looked way short on a lot of things, going forward and defensively. We got caught and any mistake we got punished. We as a group and certainly me as the manager need to make sure we are improving going forward.”
Jay Donnelly gave Glentoran the lead, with Conor McMenamin doubling it. Stephen Fallon pulled a goal back for the Blues…