Erratic form baffles Mallards manager Whitey Anderson
Dungannon Swifts 2-0 Ballinamallard United
Whitey Anderson admitted he had been left scratching his head after watching Ballinamallard United slump to a dismal 2-0 loss at Stangmore Park.
Goals from Ally Teggart and Ryan Harpur secured a second successive win for Dungannon Swifts, but their opponents are just a point above the drop zone after failing to build on an impressive win over Portadown earlier in the week.
The contrast between the two performances - just five days apart - was stark and Anderson rapped: "We were very flat for some reason and we've spoken about it in the changing room.
"To go from playing so well against Portadown to such a flat performance here is very disappointing."
Dungannon led after 28 minutes when Gareth Falconer failed to deal with a cross from Andrew Mitchell, allowing Teggart to score.
Harpur stretched their lead in the 62nd minute, turning the ball home after Dougie Wilson's free-kick was deflected into his path.
Ballinamallard failed to land a single shot on target all afternoon, with Anderson adding: "Even after we beat Portadown on Monday night I couldn't understand how we played so well that night, having played so poorly against Warrenpoint.
"Against Portadown we had something like 17 shots at goal, here we had two or three.
"It's a funny game. It certainly leaves you scratching your head as a manager. These are the games you need to win, we've told the players that - but we keep shooting ourselves in the foot.
"Our away form needs to improve.
"If that's the way we're going to play away from home, at Warrenpoint and again here, it's not good enough."
Dungannon scorer Harpur said: "It doesn't matter if you go out and play great football if you don't come away with three points. We will take the three points any way possible."