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Kris Lindsay urges Glenavon to show ruthless streak at the back ahead of Dungannon visit

By David Mason

Glenavon skipper Kris Lindsay is puzzled as to why his team have gone from being a mean machine to one that have shipped eight goals in their last three games.

The Lurgan Blues entertain Dungannon Swifts tomorrow - another side that have been generous in recent weeks in terms of their defensive responsibilities. So there could well be goals galore at Mourneview Park.

"We have to be more ruthless at the back," admitted Lindsay.

"We conceded very few goals over the first few games, but it's been crazy in recent weeks.

"There is no doubt we'll always score goals with the likes of Kevin Braniff and Eoin Bradley. I wouldn't like to be playing against those boys every week.

"But we've been giving away too many, conceding two against Carrick, two against Portadown and four last week at Windsor Park.

"In those three games, we've shown what the team is all about, displaying great character and we probably deserved more than two points from a possible nine.

"We grabbed a late equaliser at Carrick, came back from two goals down at Shamrock Park and did the same against the Blues last weekend only to be beaten in the last few minutes.

"I've never played in a game like that.

"We looked out of it at 3-1 down, but this team just doesn't know when they're beaten."

Lindsay is determined to stem the flow against Darren Murphy's Swifts.

"It will be another tough match," he added.

"Dungannon actually have a decent record against us and there are a few ex-Glenavon players in their squad to spice things up.

"They are a big physical side and are difficult to beat. The reality is that we must start putting a few points on the board.

"We haven't had the best return in terms of our homes games - so it's time we started winning at Mourneview."

Glenavon will again be without injured defensive pair Gareth McKeown (groin) and Dave Elebert (hamstring), while midfielder Ciaran Martyn will not feature until the New Year, having undergone surgery on his Achilles.

Swifts boss Murphy will have a full squad to choose from, excluding Gary Liggett, who is out with a hamstring problem.

Murphy said: "There are fine margins between most teams in this league.

"We may be in the bottom three or four, but two or three wins can soon catapult you up the table.

"And when you win a few games, it transforms everything. It's as tight at the top as it is at the bottom and that's what makes it so fascinating.

"We'll be going to Mourneview Park looking for three points and I'm sure Gary (Hamilton) will be doing the same.

"I think it means only one thing, there will be plenty of goals!"

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