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Swifts must start to see out games says striker Mitchell

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 12/12/2015

Bitter end: Andrew Mitchell reckons the Swifts can bounce back against the Reds after a last-minute defeat against Crusaders
Bitter end: Andrew Mitchell reckons the Swifts can bounce back against the Reds after a last-minute defeat against Crusaders

Dungannon Swifts striker Andrew Mitchell has tipped his side to bounce back with a big performance at Cliftonville this afternoon.

The Co Tyrone club suffered another morale-sapping 90th minute defeat against Crusaders last time out.

It was the third time in six games that the Swifts have lost after conceding a goal in stoppage time.

Mitchell believes it is down to poor concentration and admits that they must find a way to see games out.

"That's three times this season where we've conceded a goal with virtually the last kick of the ball," he said.

"It is something we'll have to work on - our concentration in the last few minutes tends to waver at times."

Mitchell - a transfer target for today's opponents - looked like he had secured a point for Dungannon when he equalised late on against the Crues, but Stephen O'Flynn headed the winner in the 90th minute as the league leaders won 2-1.

The 21-year-old hitman admits losing so late in games does not get any easier to accept, but he believes Dungannon must put last weekend's body blow behind them and focus on what will be a big test against the second-placed Reds at Solitude.

"Every time you wonder why it has happened again, but we have to keep going," he added.

"We have Cliftonville next and we have to ensure that we go out and give another good performance.

"The performances have been good over the last few weeks.

"We've had a few good results, obviously on Saturday we missed out on a draw, but we'll look forward to Cliftonville.

"We want to go there and give them a good game."

Despite the setback of losing late on, Mitchell felt there were positives to take from the Crusaders game.

"We passed the ball really well. Crusaders were really restricted in the second half and they didn't have many shots," he added.

"Overall our performance was very good. It was just the last couple of minutes that killed us."

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