INSTITUTE manager Paddy McLaughlin believes all the expectations will be off his team tonight when they travel to Windsor Park to take on Linfield.
David Healy has recruited heavily over the summer following a disappointing campaign last season, and the Belfast outfit defeated fellow title contenders Glenavon 2-1 on Saturday to mark their intent.
‘Stute had an equally good start on their return to the top flight, with Michael McCrudden’s first half goal enough to earn all three points against fellow newcomers Newry City in an historic game at the Brandywell.
The hype of that win has quickly died down, however, and McLaughlin admitted that tonight is as tough a first away fixture as his side could have gotten.
“We’ve got nothing to lose going up there. There’s not too many expectations on us and while we’ve set ourselves targets and we are ambitious, we have to be realistic about the game as well,” the manager told the Derry News. “We know that there will be a lot of games this season that are going to be a lot more important. We’ll give it our best shot, but they will be expected to pick up the three points, so we’re just looking at it as some potential bonus points. Of course, the pressure is on in every game, but they are the massive favourites, as they should be.”
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