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Dungannon have to do the 'dirty stuff' to beat Linfield, says Lindsay

Rallying call: Kris Lindsay wants to see more from his Dungannon Swifts stars
Rallying call: Kris Lindsay wants to see more from his Dungannon Swifts stars
Good omen: Andy Waterworth netted against Swifts last year

By Steven Beacom

Dungannon Swifts boss Kris Lindsay will demand his players 'dig in and do the dirty stuff' in this week's double-header at home against Linfield.

The Tyrone outfit host the Blues tonight in the third round of the BetMcLean League Cup (7.45pm) before the sides meet again in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday.

Both enter this evening's fixture on the back of tough to take defeats; champions Linfield lost 1-0 to title rivals Crusaders on Friday night while Dungannon went down 4-3 to a stoppage-time strike at Warrenpoint having been two goals ahead at half-time.

"In the second half we didn't come out of the dressing room and got bullied all over the park. We've done it all season. We have played for 45 minutes or 50 or 60 and you can't do that against any team in this league or you get punished," said Swifts manager Lindsay.

"We are nice and pretty on the ball and we like to play, but you can't do that in every minute of every game. You have to dig in and do the dirty stuff too, and at the moment we aren't doing enough of that."

Despite Lindsay's frustration after Saturday's setback, when Town's Lorcan Forde netted in the 93rd minute from Brandon Doyle's cross, Dungannon have enjoyed a fine start to the season. It's a sign of his desire to succeed as a boss that he wants more from his team.

"We conceded a terrible goal at the end against Warrenpoint," stated Lindsay.

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"Brandon Doyle travelled 60 yards with the ball until he was inside our box before crossing for their winning goal. It's disappointing with the nature of goals we are conceding because we aren't making teams really work for them. We need to rectify that.

"It was really tough to lose against Warrenpoint but we have another massive game against Linfield and we have to deal with that.

"We will move on, learn from it and can't let it affect us. We have had a decent start and have points on the board but we are coming into a very difficult run of fixtures, with two games against Linfield, a difficult away game to Carrick and a lot of the top teams after that, so we have to dig in to earn positive results."

Linfield are holders of the League Cup and won't want to give it up easily. A good omen for the Blues is that last season they overcame Dungannon in the semi-finals.

Andy Waterworth was the goal hero that night and is expected to start this time around with Shayne Lavery on international duty with Northern Ireland.

Healy said: "We'll take the Crusaders defeat on the chin and try to be better against Dungannon, which is a big game for us.

"We worked hard to win the League Cup and scraped through against them in the semis when Andy Waterworth scored, and they have started this season well so we know how tough it will be. We'll be ready for that."

It will be interesting to see if Healy changes his team for the Cup tie ahead of the weekend league meeting. The Blues, due to their Europa League adventure, have three league games in hand but are 10 points behind leaders Crusaders. Healy won't want that gap to increase.

Also in the League Cup, Crusaders travel to Limavady, Institute host H&W Welders, Dundela go to Larne and Ballymena United are at home to Dollingstown.

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