David Jeffrey dismisses Glens' poor form ahead of Oval trip
Linfield manager David Jeffrey has dismissed Glentoran's recent poor form ahead of their Irish Premiership clash at the Oval on Friday night (19:45).
Glentoran have lost back-to-back games to Warrenpoint Town and Ards, who are two of the league's bottom three sides.
Linfield are 16 points ahead of their city rivals but Jeffrey is expecting a typically robust derby encounter.
"Nobody should be reading anything into that (Ards) result, they will be totally motivated against us," he said.
Robert Garrett is suspended for Linfield while Glens duo Marcus Kane and William Garrett are also banned, following their dismissals in the shock defeat to Ards last week.
Linfield are currently one point behind leaders Cliftonville, with a game in hand, and their outgoing manager is calling on the club's supporters to get behind the team as they attempt to win silverware this season.
"There will maybe be parts of the game where things aren't going for us and at times like that, you really need to hear the helpful encouragement and backing from our supporters," he said.
"We will rely on that backing as we aim to finish this season on a high."
Third-placed Crusaders also host Glenavon at Seaview on Friday night (19:45) while Ballinamallard play Ards (20:00).
Ards have picked up four points from their last three games, including a draw with Linfield at Windsor Park and a victory over Glentoran at Clandeboye Park.
Niall Currie's side are eight points adrift of Ballinamallard at the bottom of the table.
FRIDAY'S IRISH PREMIERSHIP FIXTURES - (19:45 UNLESS STATED)
Crusaders v Glenavon
Glentoran v Linfield
Ballinamallard United v Ards (20:00)