Linfield manager David Healy has heaped praise on hat-trick hero Andy Waterworth after the club’s opening day win over Carrick Rangers.
he 34-year-old striker has been the club’s top league goal scorer in each of the last five seasons and stormed to the front of the queue again this term with his trio of strikes in the 5-1 success at Windsor Park.
“He took them well,” said Healy. “Andy’s been ‘Jonny on the spot’ for the five years that I’ve been at the club.
“When you look at his goals-to-game ratio, it’s second to none. People have asked the question and sometimes I ask the question of Andy; how many goals are you capable of getting?
“He keeps proving me right. His numbers stack up for anybody in the league. That’s another hat-trick and I’m very pleased for him.”
Waterworth has now scored 175 goals in 310 appearances for the Blues, winning three league titles and an Irish Cup since arriving from Glentoran in 2013.
The aim is to further boost those totals this term, and as such the manager wasn’t even content with their opening four-goal success.
“We seemed to play out time rather than getting another couple of goals but being a greedy, selfish manager, I want to beat teams comfortably and I thought we could have added more goals near the end,” he concluded.