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Burns hails impact of new boss McAree at Dungannon

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 24/12/2015

Fighting spirit: Andrew Burns has praised Swifts’ attitude
Fighting spirit: Andrew Burns has praised Swifts’ attitude

Andrew Burns has praised the impact Rodney McAree has made since taking over at Dungannon Swifts.

The change in manager has coincided with an upturn in fortunes at Stangmore Park.

At the weekend Dungannon beat Portadown to move within a point of ninth-placed Ballinamallard, who they play this afternoon.

Burns, who scored in last Saturday's 3-1 win, feels they have developed a greater resolve in recent weeks. "We have a never-say-die attitude. Rodney has come in and instilled that in us," the defender said.

"He was a warrior in his day, he never gave in, and that is the way he has us playing. The manager has installed belief in us and keeps telling us how good we are.

"The talent we have in this team is outstanding. Anyone coming and watching us every week will see how technically good the players are. It is just about getting that bit of good fortune.

"Hopefully now we can get a bit of momentum and kick on."

McAree replaced Darren Murphy in October and has secured seven points from as many games, lifting Dungannon out of the drop zone.

While quick to praise McAree's efforts, Burns admits the players also bear a large slice of responsibility.

"It's down to us when we go on the pitch," he added. "The manager sets us up on a Tuesday and Thursday, but once we cross that line it is down to us."

Belfast Telegraph

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