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Carvill demanding a big response from Swifts

Michael Carvill
Michael Carvill
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Michael Carvill admits Dungannon can't afford to be seen as a soft touch.

The Swifts' flying start to the campaign has been derailed by heavy defeats at Crusaders and Coleraine.

Against the Bannsiders, they fell apart in the second half and conceded five times.

Today they host Cliftonville, with Carvill admitting they need a big response to get their season back on track.

"We definitely want a response after our last two games," said Carvill. "To ship eight goals after being on such a good run has been a real knock-back.

"Hopefully getting back to Stangmore Park, where we had three positive results against good teams (Ballymena, Glentoran and Glenavon) can help get a reaction."

Dungannon started the season with 10 points from their first four games, but a 3-0 loss at Crusaders ended their unbeaten run.

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And then last Saturday, they lost 5-0 at Coleraine after a second-half collapse in what Carvill admits was a crazy match.

"The Crues were just better than us, they are so strong," he added. "Against Coleraine last Saturday, I don't think I've been involved in a match like that.

"It was 0-0 at half-time and I was thinking we could win it. Then the second half was just a complete role reversal - James McLaughlin was on fire, everything he hit went in.

"Suddenly we are sitting 5-0 down and you are wondering, 'How did that happen?'.

"Oran Kearney, who I know from my time at Linfield, came over afterwards and said it was the weirdest game he had seen.

"In the first half we had passed the ball well and I don't remember them having a shot. In the second half we just capitulated."

Cliftonville are above the Swifts on goal difference and are keen to get back on track after last weekend's loss to Linfield.

Carvill admits the Swifts need to send out a strong message.

"We need a response to that and we need to eradicate the silly errors," he added. "We can't give teams the thought that if they score one or two against us, we will just fold like last Saturday.

"But we know we're coming up against a very strong Cliftonville side. They have had a lot of changes in recent months, and a new manager, and we know it will be a tough challenge.

"We've got to put the Coleraine game out of our minds and focus on Saturday."

Striker Daniel Hughes could make his first league start since April against his former team after scoring a hat-trick in the midweek Mid-Ulster Cup win over Armagh City.

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