Belfast Telegraph

Mitchell's eyeing Windsor history

By Adrian Rutherford

Andrew Mitchell believes Dungannon Swifts can overturn history and deal a blow to Linfield's title hopes.

In almost 13 years of trying, Dungannon have never won a league game at Windsor Park, but Rodney McAree's side are hitting form at just the right time, having not lost since December 12 - their best run for a year.

Unbeaten in four, they have recorded impressive wins over Portadown and Glentoran.

And Mitchell sees no reason why Linfield cannot be added to the list of big teams turned over by the Tyrone side today.

"The confidence is high. We were talking this week about the fact that we haven't gone four unbeaten for about a year," he said.

"The more you win, the more you breed confidence and we've been doing really well.

"We will go to Windsor Park aiming to make it a fifth game unbeaten."

Mitchell has hit 13 goals this season and will be key to Swifts' hopes of pulling off an upset against an improving Linfield side, who despite their midweek Co Antrim Shield final defeat, have won four of their last five in the league.

Recent history is against Dungannon and Windsor Park remains the one ground where they have yet to score a Premiership win since promotion in 2003.

Mitchell says that record will count for nothing this weekend and he is taking inspiration from Swifts' recent victory over Glentoran, which ended a nine-game winless run in that fixture.

"We hadn't got a result against Glentoran for a long time and we went and beat them," he added.

"There is no reason why we can't go there and get a result. It will be tough, but we're on the back of four games unbeaten."

Glenavon left-back Kyle Neill is set to undergo surgery after scans revealed that he has torn a cruciate ligament.

Neill sustained the injury during the Boxing Day derby with Portadown.

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