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Hectic schedule is a test for small Dungannon squad, admits Lindsay

Crunch time: Kris Lindsay knows Dungannon will be up against it as the fixtures come thick and fast over the festive period
Crunch time: Kris Lindsay knows Dungannon will be up against it as the fixtures come thick and fast over the festive period
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Kris Lindsay admits his Dungannon Swifts squad will be stretched to the limit over the next 10 days.

The Swifts face Mid-Ulster rivals Glenavon today - the first of four games between now and January 4.

With a small panel, and injuries and suspensions starting to bite, it means a selection headache.

Striker Daniel Hughes and goalkeeper Sam Johnston are among those currently on the Swifts' lengthy casualty list.

Back-up goalkeeper Stuart Addis also picked up an injury against Institute last weekend, with teenager Conner Byrne in line to play today.

Lindsay said it is a testing time, and is also looking for an improved performance after needing a late equaliser against Institute.

"We have a small squad and are relying on the same players week in and week out," he said.

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"We've got a lot of games coming up - Thursday, Saturday, then Wednesday and Saturday.

"We are going to have to improve, and improve greatly for Boxing Day."

Lindsay will act to bolster his squad when the window re-opens on January 1.

He said: "We are exploring all avenues to try and sign a few bodies. It's a difficult climate for clubs like Dungannon. We don't particularly have the finances of other teams.

"It tends to be that we can sign young, up and coming players, but that's not what we need in this situation.

"We need players with a bit of experience."

After an eight-game losing run in the league, Dungannon have stopped the rot in recent weeks.

They beat Warrenpoint, performed well in a narrow defeat at Ballymena, then fought back for a draw against Institute.

They are five points above the bottom two, and could close the gap on eighth-placed Glenavon with a win today.

Lindsay felt Saturday's draw with Institute was a missed opportunity for his side to claw back some ground.

He added: "We wanted three points before the game, we didn't get that.

"Institute don't close any ground on us, which is a bonus.

"It's one of those that we hope to rectify on Thursday."

Glenavon have won four and lost three of their previous seven league games, including a 2-1 defeat at Ballymena on Friday night when Cathair Friel scored a 93rd-minute winner.

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