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We must stop switching off: Lindsay

Cliftonville 5 Dungannon Swifts 0

Familiar woe: Kris Lindsay is sick of his Swifts losing focus
Familiar woe: Kris Lindsay is sick of his Swifts losing focus

By Conor McLaughlin

While all the attention was on Joe Gormley's latest milestone moment in Cliftonville colours, Dungannon Swifts boss Kris Lindsay was left rueing his side's latest capitulation.

Having held the Reds at bay with a disciplined first-half performance at Solitude, the visitors crumbled in the aftermath of Gormley's 49th-minute opener.

Within nine further minutes, Cliftonville's record scorer had completed a hat-trick to power through the 200-goal barrier and, while Dungannon assumed some semblance of recovery thereafter, a deflected Ruaidhri Donnelly drive and last-gasp Conor McMenamin strike put the seal on a five-star display from the hosts.

"We have this habit of conceding early in the second half and then conceding quickly again after that," reflected Lindsay.

"It's happened twice now against Cliftonville, it happened up in Coleraine and it happened against Warrenpoint too.

"It's something we need to address because, until we do, games are going to keep getting away from us.

"It's disappointing because I don't think Cliftonville had to work too hard for their goals. Joe Gormley's first two are from balls over the top and we speak to defenders about making sure you're touch-tight to him but, for his third, he's running across the six-yard box with nobody within five yards of him.

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"That's not down to tactics or shape or anything like that - that's down to people switching off and not doing what they know they should be doing."

Opposite number Paddy McLaughlin - whose side have won all four Premiership fixtures in October without conceding a single goal - said: "Joe Gormley is an amazing player and you could never meet a nicer fella.

"This is an Irish League legend playing at his peak and we should all appreciate his talents - especially the fact he's doing it all in a Cliftonville shirt.

"To score more than 200 goals for any club is a great achievement but 201 in 301 appearances is incredible.

"We're going along very nicely at the minute and it's nice to be up at the top end of the table but there's a long way to go. It will be competitive right throughout the season but we're glad to be in the mix at the minute and it's about making sure we keep working hard to try and stay there."

CLIFTONVILLE: Brush, McDermott (Foster, 74 mins), Breen, Harney, C Curran, R Curran, R Donnelly, Doherty (Wilson 84 mins), Gormley (McKee, 79 mins), McMenamin, A Donnelly. Unused subs: Dunne, Bagnall, Maguire, Gorman.

DUNGANNON: Morgan, Byers, Redman, Wilson (Smyth, 75 mins), King, Clucas, Hughes, Teggart, Lowe, Carvill, McGuinness (Campbell, 71 mins). Unused subs: Addis, Patton, Waide, Coyle, Gallagher.

Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)

Man of the match: Joe Gormley

Match rating: 8/10

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