Friday night is not alright for Dungannon Swifts, with Dixie Robinson admitting he is unhappy with the timing of their trip to Newry City.
Two sides at the wrong end of the table meet in a relegation showdown which could have a big impact on their respective seasons.The game has been brought forward 24 hours at the request of Newry — who have played the majority of their league games on Friday nights this season.
But Dungannon’s recent record in such matches is not good, and Robinson admits away trips on a week night are hugely disruptive.
“No-one enjoys away games on week nights,” he said.
“You have part-time players who are coming off a day’s work, and it throws your whole plans into chaos. I understand Newry’s rationale in that they feel they can get more supporters through the gate.
“But we have tried Friday night games before and it hasn’t made much difference to our attendance.
“It is something I am not keen on. They are too disruptive.”
A 2-2 draw against Coleraine on Tuesday night keeps Newry second from bottom.
And Robinson believes tonight’s showdown is crucial for both sides.
“When you look at the table Newry, ourselves, Portadown and Donegal Celtic are at the wrong end,” he added.
“Realistically, Portadown have too much quality to stay there all season, so it is looking like two from three for the drop.”