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Carrick Rangers v Dungannon Swifts live updates: Rodney McAree vows to restore stars as Swifts target semis

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 16/11/2016

Caution: Swifts' manager Rodney McAree
Caution: Swifts' manager Rodney McAree

Rodney McAree says he won't take any more gambles with team selection as Dungannon Swifts bid to reach the last four of the League Cup.

They travel to struggling Carrick Rangers for this evening's quarter-final tie and McAree is set to recall his senior players, including captain Ryan Harpur, who was surprisingly left out against Linfield on Saturday.

The move backfired as the Blues claimed a 4-0 win at Stangmore Park, with McAree afterwards admitting that was a mistake.

And he promised to shake things up ahead of the trip to Carrick, where he is demanding a big response.

"It is the quarter-final of a senior trophy," he said.

"We have to try and regroup, we have to pick ourselves off the ground and we have to go again away to Carrick, which will not be easy.

"It's a difficult place to go and the one thing you're definitely going to need is winners in your team.

"That is up to me to try and address that and make sure I put the correct XI on the pitch that is going to go and cause problems."

McAree said the Linfield defeat was his most disappointing afternoon since taking the job - but he expects Dungannon to raise their performance levels significantly.

"It's a quarter-final and we have to look for a response," he said.

"We have to respond and we have to do better than we did today.

"It's great that we have a game coming so soon and it's great that our next game is not a league game.

"We can go into this one and take our mind off the league for an evening and see where it takes us."

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