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Dungannon Swifts must not fear Blues, says Armstrong

By Adrian Rutherford

David Armstrong has warned that Dungannon Swifts cannot afford to show any fear as they aim to strike it lucky at the 13th attempt against Linfield.

Dungannon have failed to win any of their last 12 Danske Bank Premiership games and face another tough test at Windsor Park tomorrow.

History as well as current form is against them. Since promotion in 2003, the Tyrone side have never won a league match at the international stadium.

Yet Armstrong, a former Linfield player, warns they cannot be intimidated by the prospect of facing the Blues.

"Given where we are in the league, we cannot be going there fearful," he said. "If we go out fearing anything, we will be beaten even before we go on to the pitch.

"We just have to go out, roll our sleeves up, give it our best shot and see what happens."

Dungannon are on a dismal run and their 3-1 home loss to Cliftonville was their eighth league defeat of the campaign so far.

They are second bottom of the table and, unless results change soon, in danger of being cut adrift from the teams above.

Yet Armstrong feels there is enough quality for Dungannon to get back on track.

"Our league position doesn't show it but we've a good group of players," he added. "We don't fear anyone and we know on our day we can beat anybody. Unfortunately, results don't show that.

"We didn't fear Cliftonville coming last weekend but we paid for conceding poor goals."

Despite Dungannon's current predicament, Armstrong remains positive about their chances of survival this season.

"We have to believe we can get out of it," he said. "It's up to the players to go out and put in the performances on the pitch."

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