The Linfield forward was named Man of the Match after scoring two goals against Coleraine at Windsor Park

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Jordan Stewart says ‘any’ of Linfield’s players could have been named Man of the Match despite personal exploits against Coleraine

The Blues took a big step forward to retain their title with a 2-1 win at Windsor Park on Wednesday night

Stewart scored two sublime goals in front of Sky Sports cameras, sleek brace won him the award for best player in the game

But Stewart says the Blues’ defensive performance, especially after Niall Quinn was sent off in the 62nd minute, deserves special mention

“I think you could have presented the award to a number of players,” Stewart told Linfield’s website

“The defense was brilliant We obviously conceded a goal, but with so much pressure you are likely to concede one

“We just couldn’t get out, being down to 10 men But I thought the whole team, one to 11, was brilliant So it could have gone to anyone

“Obviously by scoring a few goals you win the prize. But it could have gone to anyone”

They now hold a 12 point lead over the Bannsiders, although they have played one more game, but a 55th league crown looks in sight for David Healy’s men

“Coming into the game it was first against second The results went our way on Tuesday night and it was up to us to capitalize on,” added Stewart

“We’ve been digging for a few weeks now It’s a shame Quinny has two yolks The first one was maybe slightly soft

“But we dug deep Coleraine put the pressure on but we were pretty comfortable in the defense and we managed to cross the line”

Stewart also deviated from his goal heroics, insisting the result outweighed his clinical double against Coleraine

“It’s good to score good goals but it’s even better to come away with all three points It would have meant very little to leave with nothing, so I’m delighted,” he said.

“I’m on a good run Fortunately, it’s been falling for me these last few weeks I’m very lucky

“You keep working for the team and you wait for those moments to happen Fortunately, I am having a good scoring period, and most importantly, the team wins”

“Saturday will be difficult Larne are a very good team and they have started to get back into shape again,” said Stewart

“It will be a tough game, but we will approach the game with the right attitude and hopefully get the right result”


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