Belfast Telegraph

I'm not afraid to wield axe, warns Dungannon boss

By Adrian Rutherford

Dungannon Swifts boss Rodney McAree insists he won't press the panic button after an opening day loss - but is expecting better at Glentoran tonight.

The Swifts suffered a morale-sapping 3-1 defeat against Coleraine at the weekend.

Tonight they can kick-start their season at the second attempt - and McAree has demanded an improvement.

But he is wary of facing a confident Glens side, after Gary Haveron's men came from behind to win their opener at Ballinamallard.

"They will be buoyant coming off the back of a good win," McAree said. "Gary has a run of fixtures which, to be honest, if you are Glentoran manager, you have to be looking at them and thinking you're going to be picking up maximum points in all of them.

"We're coming off the back of a poor defeat, but the next game can't come quickly enough.

"We have to bounce back and we have to make fewer mistakes."

The Swifts conceded three times after Coleraine had been reduced to 10 men. With a midweek round of fixtures, McAree recognises it is an immediate chance to put things right.

"You want games coming around at this stage," he added. "It's about trying to find your feet, trying to iron out mistakes, but we shouldn't be making the mistakes we have made.

"We haven't made those mistakes through pre-season, although we haven't been tested.

"Yes, it's still very early, but if people are going to make mistakes and they are going to keep making mistakes throughout the season, they will find themselves out of the team."

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