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I won't make 'ridiculous' changes to squad for League Cup quarter-final, says Dungannon boss Lindsay


Holding firm: Kris Lindsay will not make wholesale changes
Holding firm: Kris Lindsay will not make wholesale changes

By Steven Beacom

Kris Lindsay insists that there is a steely determination in the Dungannon Swifts ranks to hold onto the trophy they won last season, ahead of tonight's BetMcLean League Cup quarter-final at Cliftonville.

The Dungannon boss insisted that despite being in the middle of a relegation fight he would not be making wholesale changes for the knockout clash at Solitude, declaring that it would be 'ridiculous' for him to do so.

In last week's last-eight League Cup fixtures, some managers decided to switch their sides around quite considerably - but such a scenario is not in Lindsay's thoughts.

"I have a good squad of players here and have every confidence in all of them, but it's a cup quarter-final and I'll be going there to try and win it," said Lindsay, whose side have not lost on the road since September.

"League Cup quarter-finals aren't the time to give boys opportunities to stake a claim. Yes, if I need to make changes due to performance levels I will make them, but I won't be making changes for changes sake.

"I think that's ridiculous in a cup quarter-final. You want to go there and win it. It's not the time or place - potentially in a Mid-Ulster game the week after, but not in a cup competition the club worked so hard to win last season."

It was under Rodney McAree that the Swifts created history, claiming their first major trophy with a convincing victory over Ballymena United in the decider.

With a home semi-final against Portadown or Linfield awaiting tonight's victors, there is plenty of incentive.

Dungannon played well in a 1-1 draw at Warrenpoint at the weekend, while Cliftonville will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2-1 league defeat to Ballymena United.

Lindsay is well aware of the challenge his players will face, especially in defence trying to stop goal machine Joe Gormley.

"We will be facing Joe Gormley, probably the best striker in the league, so we will need to be on top of our game defensively and not give away soft goals," stated Lindsay.

"If we make slightly better decisions going forward we will cause them problems.

"Dungannon won the League Cup last season so it is a competition we are determined to progress in."

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