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Dungannon Swifts just one victory from safety: Murphy

By David Mason

Dungannon Swifts boss Darren Murphy believes his team can ease their relegation nerves by claiming three Danske Premiership points against fellow strugglers Ballinamallard United at Ferney Park today.

Victory would almost certainly seal the Swifts' top flight status, but defeat would plunge them deeper into the mire with only four games remaining.

Murphy's boys suffered only their second defeat since January 1 when they lost narrowly to Glentoran last weekend. But it's that impressive run of results that has given Dungannon a realistic chance of avoiding the drop.

"We took a lot of criticism early on, around November and December, because we stuck to our principals in terms of trying to play football," said Murphy.

"The criticism was perhaps justified as we weren't winning football games. But it was down to coaching beliefs of the entire staff that we stuck with our policy. We were determined to do things the right way.

"It has paid off since January and credit must go to the boys. We have been playing well, which was reflected in our performance at the Oval last weekend. I certainly think we deserved something from the game.

"But we now have to dust ourselves down and go again for what I would class as our biggest game of the season."

Although the Swifts have a 12 point cushion on basement side Institute, Murphy insists this weekend's results could settle the relegation issues, especially as the bottom two, Warrenpoint Town and Institute, clash at Milltown.

"It's one we need to win. If we can do that, then the pressure will be off for the remaining four games," added Murphy.

Mallards have defender Stephen Feeney back from injury to help their cause.

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