Belfast Telegraph

Dungannon Swifts planning to pour fresh agony on Glentoran

By Stuart McKinley

Darren Murphy has claimed that there is pressure on only one team at Stangmore Park tomorrow.

And while he believes that it is Glentoran who will be feeling it after crashing out of the County Antrim Shield on penalties to H&W Welders, Murphy acknowledges that this also presents a major challenge to his Dungannon Swifts players.

The Swifts boss is well aware that every player in the Glentoran team will be wanting to get out onto the pitch and prove a point and he is wary of the reaction from a wounded group of players.

"Having had experience of playing for one of the Big Two I know that after any defeat it's about how you respond in the next game," said Murphy.

"Eddie Patterson will be looking for a big response from his players.

"Glentoran have gone out of a cup competition that I would expect Eddie Patterson was looking at going a long way in.

"We have to cope with that, but the good thing is that we can relax and play our own game because there is less pressure on us.

"The pressure is on them to get a result."

Dungannon's results have been improving in recent weeks.

A win away to Warrenpoint Town two weeks ago and a thrilling 3-3 draw at Portadown last Saturday has seen the Swifts double their points tally inside the last fortnight after a tough opening spell to the season.

The five goals scored in those two games is also a positive for Murphy whose team has now scored more Premiership goals than the Glens.

"We've finally found the target after previously struggling to score, so that's nice to see," said Murphy.

"I have watched Glentoran a couple of times this season and they have done well at the back, so it will be difficult to keep our scoring run going.

"The Glens have had found scoring goals difficult too."

Dungannon's upturn in fortunes has come at a time when Jamie Glackin, who was a target for rival clubs during the summer, has been out of the team injured and he may have to wait for his chance to return.

"The team has performed well while Jamie has been injured and if players do their jobs they know I will keep them in," said Murphy.

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