Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Murphy is wary of backlash from Celtic

Dungannon Swifts boss Darren Murphy believes his players will face a wounded animal when Donegal Celtic visit Stangmore Park today.

The West Belfast side have been left reeling after they were stripped of three points for fielding an ineligible player in a recent league game.

This week the Irish Football Association overturned that 2-1 victory against Lisburn Distillery – a decision which has infuriated DC and all but ensured they will finish in the relegation zone.

By contrast it has boosted Dungannon's survival prospect.

Victory for Swifts today would secure their Premiership status, but Murphy expects a big response from DC.

"It is probably a bigger game than it might have been because it is the first time Donegal Celtic will play after the loss of three points," he said.

"They will be motivated to go out and show people they have been hard done by.

"It was always going to be a hard game for us but the loss of three points has thrown Donegal Celtic back into the automatic relegation mix.

"They have everything to play for now and it makes it difficult for us.

"We are at home and will be expected to win, but I know we're going to face a wounded animal.

"They will want to do their talking on the pitch and from that point of view it is a difficult game."

Murphy admits there is a massive incentive for Dungannon to beat DC, with three points good enough for survival before the league even splits.

"We know that three points on Saturday will leave us all but safe," he added.

"We will be in a very, very comfortable position and that is a big incentive for the players, but we know we face a very difficult game."

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