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'I've never walked away from anything': Kris Lindsay vows to fight on at Dungannon Swifts despite losing streak

 

Tough spell: Kris Lindsay
Tough spell: Kris Lindsay
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Kris Lindsay admits he is under mounting pressure at Dungannon - but insists he will not walk away.

The Swifts are on a nine-game losing run and have suffered back-to-back 6-1 defeats.

After 17 years in the top flight, their senior status could now be facing its most serious threat.

Lindsay's future is not in imminent jeopardy, with club figures thought to be sympathetic to the young squad and injury crisis. However, they face a make-or-break month with key clashes against the three other sides in the bottom four.

They also host Loughgall, flying high in the Championship, in the quarter-final of the Mid-Ulster Cup this evening (7.45pm).

Asked if he feels under pressure, Lindsay said: "Of course, I am not naive. Football is a results business and we have been beaten in our last nine games, so of course - that is the nature of this business."

Dungannon made a flying start to the season, winning three of their first four games, but they have taken just four points from a possible 36 since - with a series of four, five and now six-goal defeats.

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Lindsay admits it has been desperately difficult.

He added: "It's not just the defeats. I've said it time and time again, this league is really, really competitive, the gulf in class is quite big - it's the manner of the defeats more than anything.

"I'm struggling to find words to explain it. Conceding five goals in one half, that should never happen.

"But it has happened to us three or four times already this year. That is soul destroying."

It is a steep learning curve for Lindsay (35), just over a year into his first job in Irish League management. Asked if he had considered walking away, he added: "No. I have never walked away from anything in my life and I will not start now.

"I'm not going to throw cliches about working hard, because every manager works hard. It's about trying to find solutions."

Meanwhile, Glenavon and Warrenpoint Town clash in the Mid-Ulster Cup semi-final tonight at Mourneview Park (7.45pm).

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