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Oran Kearney insists there were 'no panic buttons hit' as Coleraine put disappointing run behind them

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Eyes on the prize: Eoin Bradley celebrates his goal

Eyes on the prize: Eoin Bradley celebrates his goal

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Eyes on the prize: Eoin Bradley celebrates his goal

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney praised his players for showing 'a little bit of strength' after recording a fourth successive win in the Danske Bank Premiership.

The Bannsiders - who finished runners-up last season - have made an inconsistent start to this campaign, but four wins on the spin is a major sign of a turnaround in form.

The latest was a deserved 2-0 victory against Dungannon Swifts as Aaron Jarvis headed home from Jamie Glackin's cross on eight minutes, before the hosts squandered several chances to put the game to bed in the opening half hour.

The Swifts improved after the break and should have equalised through efforts from Ben Gallagher and Rhyss Campbell, but neither player was able to find the net.

Coleraine would make the visitors rue those missed opportunities as Eoin Bradley struck home a delightful long distance effort on 77 minutes to seal all three points.

"Going through that difficult spell recently - and we can say all we want about it as management staff - we said all the time the thing that breeds confidence in players is winning games of football," Kearney said.

"The little run we are on at this moment in time and the fact we have shown that little bit of strength and steadied the ship by securing 12 points out of 12 has been brilliant by everybody.

"There were no panic buttons hit, there was no big crazy discussions, it was what it was, we all know what football is like and what can happen.

"We are keen now to kick on and ensure that doesn't happen again.

"The key thing was to make sure we got the three points and we knew Dungannon had deservedly beaten us at their place, so we had to put right that performance and I think we have done that."

The Swifts remain one from bottom in the table and boss Kris Lindsay reflected on those two big chances his side failed to convert after the break.

"We had a couple of decent chances in the second half," he said.

"To be fair, Gareth Deane makes a great save, a close range block from Rhyss and Ben had a good chance from a header.

"There were a couple of other half chances and shots from distance as well.

"That's the difference though, you have to take those chances when they come along.

"The second half performance was much better and that's what we need to focus on.

"There are a lot of positives for us to take out of the second half.

"Coleraine were the better team in the first half and we couldn't get to grips with it.

"I thought we were much better in the second half, it was more like us.

"That's what we need to continue to do. We can't keep having 45 minute performances."

COLERAINE: Deane, Kane, Jarvis, Lowry, Bradley, Carson, McConaghie, O'Donnell, Glackin (Parkhill 81 mins), Traynor, Nixon (Shevlin 64 mins).

Unused Subs: Gallagher, Canning, McLaughlin, Wilson, Allen.

DUNGANNON SWIFTS: Johnston, Coyle, Teggart, Wilson, Byers, McAleer (Mayse 71 mins), O. Smyth, Campbell, Gallagher (Convie 71 mins), Carvill (Lowe 82 mins), Devlin.

Unused Subs: Byrne, Hughes, Teelan, M. Smyth.

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown).

Man of the Match: Eoin Bradley

Match Rating: 6/10.

Belfast Telegraph


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