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Dungannon manager Murphy seeks Swift return to form

By Adrian Rutherford

Dungannon Swifts manager Darren Murphy has described his team's clash with Ballymena United as pivotal as he seeks to end a three-game losing run.

After an impressive start to the new campaign, Dungannon have slipped to successive league defeats against Glentoran and Linfield.

They also crashed out of the League Cup against Ards on penalties.

They have an opportunity to get back on track tomorrow against a Ballymena side who sit third from bottom of the table.

The Sky Blues have won just three league games – albeit one was a 2-1 victory against Dungannon when the sides met in August.

Murphy, a former Ballymena player, is aiming for three points.

"I've always said that winning becomes a habit, but so does losing," he said.

"We got off to such a good start but have taken a bit of a knock over the last two weeks.

"I look at the manner of the defeats and I think we've been unfortunate.

"We played very well against Ards and only just lost on penalties, while we also lacked a bit of belief in the two league games against Glentoran and Linfield.

"But it's a results business and we need to get back on track.

"We face Ballymena this weekend and it's an opportunity for us. I see it as a very pivotal game."

Dungannon are unbeaten at Stangmore Park this season in the league, and Murphy wants that to continue.

"We have to approach the game in the right manner and believe we can take something from it," he said. "Our home form is very good and we are still unbeaten.

"It has been a very positive start in terms of our home record, and that is the frame of mind we need to have going into this weekend."

Dungannon's last fixture ended in a 2-0 defeat at Linfield, where a double from Andy Waterworth saw the Blues claim victory against an injury-hit Swifts side.

They were missing several key players at Windsor Park, including Dermot McCaffrey, Cameron Grieve and Darren Boyce.

Murphy is not yet sure which players will be available against Ballymena, but believes it is an opportunity for others.

"A few boys have been disillusioned at not getting in the team," he added.

"However, opportunities have now come along and it is up to them to show they can do a job."

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