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Dungannon boss Kris Lindsay

Dungannon boss Kris Lindsay

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Dungannon boss Kris Lindsay

Dungannon boss Kris Lindsay admits this week will be the ultimate test of his side's improving fortunes.

After a dreadful end to 2019, the Swifts are unbeaten in four.

They are starting to pull away from the relegation zone and are through to the quarter-finals of the Irish Cup, but that new-found confidence will be put to the test with two huge games in the space of five days.

Tonight they are at title-chasing Linfield, followed by a trip to Cliftonville on Saturday.

Lindsay, a former Blues player, said: "It is an extremely difficult week - two away games against two of the teams challenging for the title.

"But we have shown over the last number of weeks that we have got some quality, a good attitude and a good desire.

"We'll go on Tuesday night with a game plan and with the intention of getting another positive result."

Lindsay is hoping Dungannon can reproduce the performance which saw them draw 0-0 on their last visit to Linfield on January 18. He added: "It is going to take that same level of effort - you don't get anything easily.

"You have to put in the maximum in terms of work rate and you need a wee bit of luck as well - and we got that last time."

Michael Carvill will miss tonight's game through suspension. Caomhan McGuinness and Ryan Waide, both on loan from Linfield, are ineligible.

Goalkeeper Sam Johnston is nearing a return to fitness, but Lindsay may keep faith with 16-year-old Conner Byrne.

He added: "Sam is on the way back, but to be fair Conner Byrne has been excellent."

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