Belfast Telegraph

Murphy now ready to win ugly

By Adrian Rutherford

Darren Murphy is ready to swap the pretty football for a scrap as he seeks to kick-start Dungannon Swifts' faltering season.

The new campaign is rapidly unravelling after four defeats in six games.

Another loss at Warrenpoint today would only add to the deepening gloom around Stangmore Park.

Murphy, who was left questioning his own future after last weekend's 3-0 loss to Coleraine, admits their losing run cannot continue. And he is prepared to take drastic action in a bid to improve results - even if it means compromising on Swifts' reputation for slick football.

"Maybe it's time to leave the pretty players somewhere else and throw a couple of kids in. Who knows?" he said.

"Something needs to be done. Something will have to be done, if I'm given the chance."

Warrenpoint are one of four sides tied on four points at the bottom of the table.

Murphy admits it is a day when the result takes priority over the performance. "Everyone wants to play nice football but it's not working, so I may as well put players in the team to kick it out of the ground," he added.

"If you win 1-0, nobody will care. If we get it down and play and knock it about like we did at Windsor Park, we lost 5-1.

"At Crusaders we were beaten 4-0, then beaten 3-0 on Saturday.

"It doesn't matter how well you play over the course of 90 minutes, if you concede 14 goals in four games you aren't going to win any matches."

Many of the goals Dungannon conceded have been the result of defensive errors. Murphy believes his players have been too easy to play against in recent weeks.

"They're too nice - they wouldn't have played in any of the teams that I played in," he added.

"If they did they would have been told - very quickly and very honestly."

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