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Darren Murphy believes his Swifts are on the rise

By Adrian Rutherford

Their league position suggests otherwise, but Darren Murphy believes Dungannon Swifts are playing the best football in his time as manager.

It hasn't been the best of starts from Dungannon, who have just one win from their opening nine league matches, but Murphy has seen plenty of signs of encouragement from their performances so far.

He will know another big effort is required when Dungannon travel to east Belfast to face Glentoran tomorrow, but Murphy believes they are playing football as good as anything he has seen in his near three-year spell in charge.

"I do genuinely believe we are playing good football," he said.

"I'll be three years in charge at Christmas, and in that time I think this is the best spell of nine games we have played. The points return isn't there, but I do think we play the game the right way."

After creditable draws against Crusaders and Cliftonville, tomorrow brings another big test at Glentoran. The Glens are not the force they once were, but a visit to the Oval is still a tricky task.

Murphy believes his players are growing stronger by the week, but need to be more streetwise.

"We are a young squad and maybe we lack belief at times," he added. "If the players stick together, take on board the advice they are given and get a bit of belief, we might do okay."

Murphy is hoping their 1-1 draw at Cliftonville last Saturday could be a turning point.

A 92nd-minute equaliser – courtesy of a bizarre own-goal – gave them a deserved share of the points at Solitude.

Murphy added: "Maybe that's a turning point. It felt like a huge slice of luck but I'll take it."

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