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Troubled Dungannon Swifts target points in crunch clash

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 07/11/2015

New era: Rodney McAree has taken over the reins at Swifts
New era: Rodney McAree has taken over the reins at Swifts

Rodney McAree admits points are more important than performances as he bids to steer Dungannon Swifts out of trouble.

The Tyrone side have won just twice in the league all season and face a crunch game at Carrick Rangers this weekend.

Defeat would leave them six points adrift of 10th place - a significant gap given they have only taken eight points from their first 14 games.

While encouraged by the effort against Linfield in his first league match after taking charge, McAree admits it is time to start focusing on results.

"We have to start collecting points - at the moment points are more important than performances," he said.

"I got a reaction from the players last weekend and got plenty of effort, and it gives us a good platform to work from.

"However, we need to win games and hopefully three points are not too far away."

Today Dungannon visit Carrick, with McAree admitting it is a bigger game than last weekend's fixture against the Blues.

"You don't expect to pick up points against the likes of Linfield, so they have to come from the teams around you in the table," he added.

"Saturday is a massive game. We have to keep in touch with the teams around us.

"We can't afford to let the gap grow at the bottom.

"Six points would be quite a gap to make up when you look at how many games we have won so far.

"It would be a tough deficit to try and bridge."

Meanwhile, McAree confirmed that defender Cameron Grieve has left the club.

The left-back signed in 2012 from Glenavon, but has hardly featured since the turn of the year because of injury.

It is understood Grieve plans to spend the next year or more in Australia.

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