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No swift impact as McAree must wait to hit targets

By Stuart McKinley

Rodney McAree had revealed his own personal frustration over the stop-start nature of the beginning to his reign as Dungannon Swifts manager.

After taking over from Darren Murphy, who resigned three weeks ago, McAree was first left disappointed at losing 1-0 to Linfield in his opening game in charge, after watching his team put on a pleasing performance.

The former Swifts midfield star's annoyance was exacerbated when he was denied the opportunity to get that result out of his system last Saturday, when the Swifts trip to Carrick Rangers was postponed.

Now the new Stangmore Park boss is hoping that his players are feeling the same kind of frustration and will unleash it on Glenavon tomorrow afternoon.

"I want to get into the job and I was very disappointed when the match against Carrick was called off last Saturday," said McAree.

"We had played well against Linfield the week before and we thought that it was a performance that deserved to get something out of the game.

"I wanted to get back out onto the pitch last Saturday and try to make up for it, but then it was postponed, so we had to start all over again this week.

"It's been very frustrating because although I worked alongside Darren and we discussed things, now that I am manager I want to put my own stamp on things and I haven't been able to do that yet.

"There has been a good response from the boys in training over the last couple of weeks though and I am hoping that will carry over into the next couple of matches."

The Swifts' record shows that they haven't won a Premiership game for two months.

They have also failed to score in their last four league matches and have found the net only 12 times in 14 games so far.

It is little wonder then that they sit second bottom, with the nearest team, Carrick Rangers, three points better off.

With three games in the next week, one of them against Carrick in their rearranged fixture next Tuesday night sandwiched in between the Glenavon game and a trip to Glentoran, there is a chance to get some points on the board.

They also have Jamie Glackin returning to full fitness to boost their creativity.

"The three games coming up are all tough games for us and they are probably tough for three different reasons, but we know what we are capable of if we play to our capabilities," said McAree.

"We have to start getting results to move ourselves away from the bottom and we'll be trying to do that in the next week."

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