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Armstrong is challenging the Swifts to prove their six appeal

By Adrian Rutherford

David Armstrong insists Dungannon Swifts can challenge for a top-six finish in the Danske Bank Premiership this season.

The mood around Stangmore Park remains upbeat despite two defeats from their opening two games.

A busy first month continues today when Dungannon host Coleraine, and Armstrong believes the Tyrone side were unlucky in their opening two games.

And he believes a top-six finish is still very much in reach if they can pick up from where they left off in April.

"We finished last season really well, finishing seventh. If anyone had said that around Christmas time, we wouldn't have believed them," the defender said.

"After finishing well we are hoping to get off to a good start this season and try and kick on.

"We want to be pushing for a top-six spot. I think we have the capabilities of being a top-six side. We have good quality players in there, but we just need to learn how to see games out and pick up points."

An opening day loss at Glentoran was followed by a home defeat to Ards on Wednesday night.

It means the pressure is on Dungannon to win today, with back-to-back games against Cliftonville and Linfield to follow. Armstrong added: "There are no easy games in this league. The teams are all fairly equal.

"It's about hard work, and obviously you need that wee bit of quality. We will try and bounce back in the coming games.

"It's a big month for us. We have five games, including Cliftonville and Linfield. We are playing top-quality sides, but you have to pick up points somewhere."

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