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Kris Lindsay determined to bolster Dungannon Swifts squad for relegation battle

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Fresh faces: Swifts boss Kris Lindsay hopes to add to his squad

Fresh faces: Swifts boss Kris Lindsay hopes to add to his squad

Fresh faces: Swifts boss Kris Lindsay hopes to add to his squad

Kris Lindsay is preparing to hit the January sales in a bid to give struggling Dungannon Swifts a new year boost.

The Swifts are on a four-game losing run, including this last-gasp defeat to Cliftonville.

Injuries are also starting to bite - defender Dylan King is out for the season and captain Dougie Wilson was hurt in the warm-up here.

It is hardly ideal preparation for a punishing run of fixtures - this was the first of 10 matches up to February 13.

Lindsay admits he will try to bring in new faces this month if possible.

"We are looking at it - it's not for the want of trying," he said.

"The window only opened (on Friday), we are talking to numerous people, but it's difficult in these times.

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"I think we need to freshen a little, bring a couple in and if we can do that, brilliant."

Lindsay is keen to sign a defender and also bolster his side's attack, but admits it is a slow process.

"If we have some movement it may be towards the end of January - that is the way transfer windows tend to work, especially for clubs like ourselves," he added.

"We are trying - my phone bill is through the roof. It hasn't worked so far, but hopefully that will change in the coming weeks."

The Swifts were seconds from a morale-boosting point against the Reds on Saturday.

An own-goal from Aaron Donnelly had given them a half-time lead, but the visitors came back strongly in the second period.

Chris Curran levelled four minutes after the restart, although Dungannon felt the corner that led to his right foot finish should not have been given.

Still, the Swifts kept going - until stoppage time when Caolin Coyle was penalised for handling on the line and Ryan Curran scored from the spot.

Lindsay admitted it was a tough way to lose, but sees signs of progress.

"Absolutely - maybe at this minute you don't see it like that, but when you look at it rationally and take the emotions out of it, we've got to take massive positives from it," he added.

"We have competed extremely well, the first half especially."

Cliftonville stay fifth after a first win since November, and boss Paddy McLaughlin was pleased with his side's commitment.

"I was a bit disappointed in the first half - we dominated plenty of the ball without creating anything," he said.

"In the second half I thought going forward we were excellent. We looked like we could score every time we attacked.

"We should have scored more than we did, but you have to put that down to a lot of good defending by Dungannon and their goalkeeper being excellent.

"Overall it was a good day for us. It took us until late on to win it, but I think we deserved it."

Dungannon: Johnston, Coyle, Lowe, Byers, Teggart, Smyth, McGinty, Campbell, Patton, Forde, Carvill. Unused subs: Byrne, Gallagher, McGinty, Devlin, Convie, Glenny

Cliftonville: Brush, McDermott, Harney, Breen (Gormley, 46 mins), R Curran, C Curran, McMenamin (Maguire, 85 mins), Bagnall, Donnelly, Doherty (O'Connor, 71 mins), Hale. Unused subs: McCarey, McCrudden, Casey, Hyland

Referee: Shane Andrews (Comber)

Man of the match: Chris Curran

Match rating: 7/10.


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