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Don’t rule Dungannon Swifts out of title challenge, says Robinson

Dixie Robinson is backing his Dungannon Swifts side to stay in the Carling Premiership title race.

Less than a year after only surviving in the top flight by winning a play-off against Donegal Celtic, the Swifts are riding high and while they would be very unlikely champions, it’s something that Robinson believes can be pulled off by his talented squad.

And three points in tonight’s rearranged trip to Newry City — if the Showgrounds pitch thaws out in time for the game to be played — would go a long way to helping them achieve that lofty ambition.

“We’re looking forward to getting back on the pitch and they are two really important games for us,” said Robinson, who has seen the last three games postponed.

“This club has still a big part to play in where the championship ends up and I don’t rule ourselves out of it. However, we know that two or three defeats will see us slide down the table and into the bottom half.

“It is an exciting league this year and every club still has a lot to play for going into the second half of the season.”

Robinson admits it has been a frustrating time and he is concerned about the effect which the fixture backlog may have on his side.

“A heavy fixture list takes a toll on players, especially when you have a small squad,” he added.

Belfast Telegraph