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Tuffey relishing return to action as Glenavon look to close the gap

By Ian Callender

Jonny Tuffey cannot wait to get back into action as Glenavon aim to take the momentum of recent improved performances into tonight's Premiership game against Dungannon Swifts at Mourneview Park (7.45pm).

The former Northern Ireland goalkeeper was one of nine players Gary Hamilton rested on Tuesday night for the Mid-Ulster Cup semi-final against Warrenpoint, and with last week's league game against Ballinamallard postponed, it has been two weeks since Tuffey has been involved.

The Lurgan Blues find themselves stranded in mid-table, five points worse off than at the same stage last year, unable to move up the table, even with a victory tonight. But Tuffey, while admitting the team have drawn too many games this season, believes they have turned a corner.

"It's been a little frustrating this season, but over the last 2-3 weeks performance levels have been getting back to where they should be," he said.

"If we can continue that on Friday we can take another step forward in terms of performances, add three points and take us closer to that pack above us and put pressure on those that are playing on Saturday.

"We have gained a little momentum and will try to keep that going, but we have to take care of our business first and foremost. Dungannon are in great form, they ran Crusaders very close last Saturday and we know it will be a tough game, but we will be up for it.

"Our home form always been good, but we have been poor on the road this season, but it was a big win against Ards last time out and hopefully we can continue it on Friday night."

Although Glenavon lost their Mid-Ulster Cup semi-final, the positive was that it allowed James Singleton and Mark Sykes to serve their one-match suspensions, so both are available to play tonight with Hamilton expected to return to the team that drew with Glentoran in their last Premiership clash.

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