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A win now would be Swift justice, says Darren Murphy

By Stuart McKinley

Dungannon Swifts manager Darren Murphy has praised his players to sticking to their training ground plans during Saturday's Premiership opener against Institute. Now though, he wants them to show more self belief as they go in search of a first win of the campaign against Ballinamallard United at Stangmore Park this evening.

They were seconds away from beating Stute, before conceding an injury-time equaliser, but Murphy is focused more at the positives of his team taking the lead thanks to goals in the 81st and 85th minutes as he looks forward.

"I was really pleased with the way the players kept believing in what they were trying to do," said Murphy.

"We're trying to put in place a new way of playing this season – a more attacking way than we have before – and that takes time to bed in.

"The players stuck with it, they kept trying to play the way we've asked them to from the first minute to the 90th and they got their reward with the goals late on.

"It was just unfortunate that they couldn't see the job through, but we got a point and it's pleasing to be up and running in terms of having a point on the board."

And rather than taking the pats on the back himself, Murphy is quick to pass on the praise for this team's performance to his coaching staff.

"A lot of credit has to go to Rodney McAree, Terry McCrory and Alan Cooke for the amount of work they have done with the players in getting them to take things on-board," said Murphy.

"It won't always work and at times you have to adapt, but there is no point in doing something all through pre-season and then kicking the ball the length of Stangmore in the first league game."

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