David Healy is bracing himself for a ‘British-style’ showdown with FK Borac Banja Luka within the Europa Convention League at Windsor Park on Thursday night (7.45pm).
Like Linfield, the Bosnian champions have dropped into UEFA’s new competitors after being knocked out of the Champions League by Romanian membership CFR Cluj.
Cluj required extra-time to beat FK Borac who completed above Velez Mostar, who beat Coleraine 4-2 within the earlier spherical of the competitors, in Bosnia’s Premier League final season.
“I’ve seen the 2 video games Borac performed towards Cluj within the Champions League and it exhibits you the standard of opposition we face,” stated Healy.
“Usually, Borac would have received on away objectives (earlier than extra-time) and been via to the following spherical of the Champions League, however away objectives don’t rely this yr.
“Cluj are Romanian champions and a very good workforce, so we all know we’re in for a troublesome tie towards Borac however it’s one we must always embrace.
“They’re in all probability extra of a British-style workforce and are fairly aggressive with and with out the ball, however we’ve ready properly and can give it a great shot.”
If Linfield are to bother the third spherical of the Europa Convention League, Healy is aware of they’ll have to provide 90 minute performances in each legs.
The Blues performed properly in patches towards FK Zalgiris within the Champions League, however misplaced 5-2 on combination, falling 2-1 in final week’s dwelling leg at Windsor Park.
“I need us to cease conceding objectives at poor instances,” stated Healy. “In each video games towards Zalgiris, we conceded a second objective bang on 45 minutes.
“On this sport it will be significant we minimize out the small errors that price us in these two video games and when the alternatives come up hopefully we will be medical within the closing third.
“It might be good to take the lead and provides ourselves one thing to essentially combat for.”