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Fay takes stock after 'gutless and spineless' display

By Kevin Hughes Jnr

Dungannon Swifts boss Harry Fay is still struggling to come up with an explanation for the reason everything went so badly wrong as his team kicked off their league campaign so disastrously at Newry City on Saturday.

Fay described the Dungannon performance as "gutless and spineless" and said it was so much in total contrast to his high footballing standards that it was virtually inexplicable.

"It is very hard to put my finger on what was wrong, but there is no doubt it was a combination of things.

"I have analysed events since 5pm on Saturday, considered things from so many different angles, and I am still at a loss - bar the patently obvious lack of hunger and desire.

"Not one player came off the pitch with any credibility.

"It was easily the worst performance of any team that I have ever been involved with; my players didn't even get the basics right - and that is unacceptable.

"I had a go at them for half an hour after the game.

"A lot of things needed to be aired and I did that - and now I wait on a response in our next game.

"Ideally, I would have liked a game on Sunday morning in order for the players to get that rubbish out of their systems, but we will have to wait until Friday night when we host Glenavon, which is a tough proposition.

"I would have no fear going to Linfield or Glentoran.

"I would know what to expect from them, but Glenavon lost as well and they will be looking to bounce back from that.

"The weekend was a washout. I am part of the set-up and don't distance myself from the team as I sent the 11 players out. I just hope that they feel as bad as I do. It was hard to watch the supporters folding their flags up 20 minutes from the end."

Fay is adamant that there will be a complete change in the approach of his players.

"We are training three nights this week and I will field a team on Friday night that will know what hunger and desire is, and also be fully aware of the standards expected from them," he warned.

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