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Kris Lindsay has warned that Dungannon's fight for survival is far from over, and believes the next five days are massive for his side.

The Swifts are nine points above the relegation places heading into the final weeks of the season.

Tonight they host Ballymena United, followed by Warrenpoint Town on Saturday.

Two wins would all but end any lingering relegation concerns, but Lindsay believes they cannot afford to relax just yet.

"We have got massive games still to play, we've got a massive week coming up," he said.

"We play Ballymena then Warrenpoint, both at home, and those are huge games in the relegation battle.

"We're not out of it yet by any stretch, but if we can pick up points over the next week it will make things look a little better.

"It is up to us now to make sure we finish the league strongly.

"We've got nine games to go, and we'll be looking to win most of those."

Dungannon, after a dreadful eight-game losing run between October and November, have climbed clear of relegation danger in recent weeks.

But with a series of games against the bottom six still to come, Lindsay is aware it can all change.

And the Swifts boss wants the disappointment of Saturday's Irish Cup defeat to Cliftonville to serve as motivation for his players.

He added: "There are four games before the split against three of the bottom six, then in the split you are playing teams around you.

"It's important that we get our attitude right, we get over Saturday's disappointment and we use it to make sure we finish strongly."

Ballymena are in ninth position, just a point above Dungannon.

The sides were due to meet in January but the game was called off after bad weather left the Stangmore Park pitch unplayable.

Lindsay has fitness doubts over winger Caolan McAleer, who limped off in the early stages of Saturday's game.

Defender Callum Byers, however, is nearing a return to fitness after his long-term injury.

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