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Crusaders can't take Dungannon Swifts threat lightly: Baxter



Staying grounded: Stephen Baxter is taking no chances

Staying grounded: Stephen Baxter is taking no chances

Staying grounded: Stephen Baxter is taking no chances

Dungannon Swifts have lost their last seven league games, conceding 23 goals and dropping to third bottom in the table, but don't expect Stephen Baxter to take them lightly at Stangmore Park tomorrow.

The Crusaders boss believes the trip to Tyrone will be a real test for his side, who have won their previous two matches after their own run of indifferent form.

Baxter's men know what it takes to win titles and are now just three points off top spot having beaten Carrick Rangers and Warrenpoint Town in recent weeks.

They went to the wire, and it wouldn't surprise Baxter if the match with Kris Lindsay's side does the same.

"I was pleased with how we finished the game at Carrick and I thought we were solid against Warrenpoint, with Rory Hale exceptional in midfield and our back four very strong. We will need a high level of performance against Dungannon as well," said Baxter.

"I think Dungannon are a dangerous side on their own ground and it will be a test for us. These are difficult fixtures and you have to move your way through them.

"It's tough for all the teams week in, week out. The league is very competitive."

There will be a reunion of sorts at Stangmore given that the Crues have ex-Dungannon players Chris Hegarty, Jarlath O'Rourke and Paul McElroy in their ranks.

Meanwhile, last night Seaview played host to an information evening about the proposed All-Island League.

The man behind the idea, Kieran Lucid, outlined his vision to bring Irish League and League of Ireland clubs together in an ambitious three tier structure.

The Irish FA - and some Irish League clubs - have said they won't back the plan, which was a major blow to Lucid and his team, though they aren't giving up and are considering alternative ideas such as an All-Island Cup.

Over the coming months Dutch sports consultancy Hypercube, who are working with Lucid's group, will gather data and plan to hold meetings with clubs, managers, players and fans about moving forward.

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