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Marching on: Oran Kearney is only focused on Dungannon

Marching on: Oran Kearney is only focused on Dungannon

Marching on: Oran Kearney is only focused on Dungannon

With Linfield's unfortunate enforced leave of absence from the title race, Coleraine have the chance to close to within a single point of the leaders.

Oran Kearney's men are on a fantastic run of form at the moment and will look to keep that going tomorrow when Dungannon Swifts are scheduled to visit the Showgrounds.

Kearney knows rival boss Kris Lindsay well having played with him at Linfield and has been impressed with how he has helped the Swifts steady the ship after a shaky period.

"It's another tough game and to be fair to Kris they had a great start to the season and then found it tough, and were where we were a few years ago with a lot of young players," said manager of the month Kearney.

"But credit to Kris, his dealings in the January window were really solid and I think you've seen an upturn in their form and have more than done enough to be easily safe at this time.

"With those new players coming in, we know how tough it will be.

"We are in a good place now, we have players who can come in and strengthen again but the key thing in the run-in is that you make sure you have that choice."

Kearney, with the League Cup already safely tucked away in the Ballycastle Road trophy cabinet and an Irish Cup semi-final in the offing against Ballymena United, admits that he can scarcely believe how well his second term at the club is going.

After his St Mirren sabbatical, he has taken up where he left off with the Bannsiders and the treble is very much in their sights, but he has no time for reflection just yet.

"You're zoned in the whole time that it probably won't be until the end of the season where you maybe analyse what the season was about and you wonder what it was like," he explained.

"But now you're just caught in the middle of it, I don't know. Already my head is on Dungannon.

"There's no thoughts on anything else, you do get consumed probably by the whole thing.

"The players have been absolutely top notch, there's no other way to describe it.

"The guys who have been there before with me, the guys who haven't and the signings we've made, they've had a profound effect in the changing room and around the place and the key thing is we just want to keep that level of commitment."

And midfielder Stephen Lowry echoes his manager's sentiments.

"As a player your mindset is on every game but after the season I will look back and say how well we have done," he added.

"The position we're in is fantastic, we have no God-given right to be here, but we've worked our socks off and pulled some good results out of the hat when our squad has been low in numbers and now we're in a position where the squad is strong."

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