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Improvement demanded for cup semi warns Swifts' boss McAree

Dungannon boss Rodney McAree has told his players they face the axe from next month's Irish Cup semi-final unless performances improve.

McAree was dismayed with the 2-0 defeat at Glenavon last weekend.

It continued a poor run in the Danske Bank Premiership stretching back to the turn of the year.

McAree has now warned his squad to up their game or risk sitting out the April 1 semi-final clash with Linfield.

"The players have to realise they are playing for a place in the semi-final, and they have to be performing as well," he said.

"I probably have an idea as to what I want to do in the semi-final, but performances like Saturday can change my mind very quickly."

With the Swifts' top-six hopes gone, the focus turns towards securing seventh - which brings a European play off.

Today they host Cliftonville - and McAree insists it is a must-win clash.

"Seventh place is massively important now for us," he added.

"Players are losing sight of the bigger picture, so we have to make sure that we're focused.

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