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Lowry calls on Crues to set higher standard after Ards

By Graham Luney

Philip Lowry has admitted Crusaders will be looking to take out their frustration on Dungannon Swifts tomorrow. The Crues were on cloud nine after conquering Linfield 2-1 at Seaview, but last weekend they had only blank faces as a resilient Ards performance ensured a scoreless draw at Seaview.

Stephen Baxter's side will be looking to get their Danske Bank Premiership show back on the road in north Belfast and the Swifts are anticipating a backlash.

"The Ards result was frustrating because just when it looked like we were taking giant strides forward, we take one or two steps back," said former Linfield ace Lowry.

"Sometimes you have to give credit to other teams and, while we were disappointing against a very good Coleraine team, we then came up against a very stubborn and determined Ards team.

"You don't expect any team to roll over in this league but we also know we need to perform better, especially at home.

"The Swifts will be another tough test because I'm a big admirer of their manager Rodney McAree and the way they play the game. They are a club that don't have many resources but stick to their philosophy of playing the game the right way. I admire them for that and I expect a difficult game against them whether it's at Stangmore or Seaview."

The 28-year-old midfielder, who netted in the 4-0 County Antrim Shield victory over Donegal Celtic in midweek, hopes to build on his promising start to the campaign after a frustrating start to his Crues career.

"I am feeling fitter and sharper, and now I'm based in Belfast I'm around the team more and team-mates know what I am about in training and in games unlike last season during an injury-hit campaign when I was doing a lot of travelling," he added.

"The greater understanding comes from partnerships around the pitch and it's beneficial for myself and my team-mates.

"I scored a lot of goals for Linfield and hopefully now I can get in the right areas again."

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