Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

McCann won’t let Swifts die out

Marc McCann insists that Dungannon Swifts still have plenty to play for this season, despite missing out on a cup final appearance.

The focus shifts back to the league this weekend as the two beaten Co-operative Insurance semi-finalists meet in a Mid-Ulster derby at Stangmore Park.

Portadown lost to Glentoran on Tuesday night, 24 hours before Dungannon saw their own cup dreams cruelly dashed by Coleraine at the Oval.

But McCann insists there is no time for the players to feel sorry for themselves, with the serious business of challenging for a top-four finish still on the agenda.

“There is a lot of disappointment after Wednesday night, but it is good that we have a game so soon and can get back out on the pitch,” he said. “We still have a lot to play for this season. There is a big cup game against Linfield next weekend plus we want to push on in the league.

“We’re not happy just to fade away into mid-table. The aim is to break into the top four and that’s why Saturday is so important.”

Portadown can move to within six points of their neighbours — they also have two games in hand — if they win at Stangmore Park.

And McCann, who spent five years with the Ports, believes it is vital Dungannon bounce back with a convincing victory.

“Portadown aren’t that far away in the table so it is important to keep some distance between us,” he added. “They are going to be one of our main rivals for the top four. It will be a tough game because Portadown have some quality players, and if we aren’t fully focused then they will punish us.”

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