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Dungannon players show their fustration to the referee after his penalty decision

Dungannon players show their fustration to the referee after his penalty decision

Dungannon players show their fustration to the referee after his penalty decision

Ballinamallard United put breathing space between themselves and bottom duo Warrenpoint Town and Dungannon Swifts with a 2-0 victory over the latter at Ferney Park.

A first half penalty from Jason McCartney and a Liam Martin strike with 18 minutes to go sealed the win for Whitey Anderson's side as they moved four points clear of the relegation zone.

However, the boss has stressed that there is a lot more hard work to be put in with the Mallards facing three sides in the top five over the next three weeks, starting with an in-form Cliftonville next Saturday.

"We're going into three difficult games and we told them if we could win that game today it would give them a lot of confidence going into the Cliftonville game next week," said Anderson.

"We knew that with Warrenpoint getting beaten (by Institute on Friday night) we could get above them and Dungannon and get ourselves four points clear so it is a wee bit of breathing space but we know there is a whole lot of work to be done yet, it's a hard league."

Things might have been looking brighter for Ballinamallard in recent weeks but Dungannon's run without a Premiership win extended to 10 games on Saturday and boss Darren Murphy says his players need to stand up and be counted.

"At the end of the day, as a manager you question what you do yourself," he said.

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"I work to the best of my ability, I can't do any more than I'm doing.

"Sometimes players have to stand up for themselves and be counted.

"You can't always hide behind the manager. I never hid behind any manager I played under, I was always accountable for what I did on the pitch as a player.

"As a manager I'm accountable for the players in the changing room because I signed them, but I'm not accountable for the performances.

"I think some of them need to stop feeling sorry for themselves. You're not going to go to Ballinamallard and expect them to give you three points because you're a nice country club, it's not the way it works."

Murphy refused to comment on referee Colin Burns' decision to award the hosts' first-half penalty after Raymond Foy took a tumble in the box under Ryan Harpur's challenge but said that the result was a mixture of a number of things on the day, including failure to put away the opportunities they carved out.

"If you create chances and don't take them, you give goals away at the other end and decisions don't go for you, you don't win games," said Murphy.

And they now face another massive contest against Institute next time out.

"I thought we played well but, at the end of the day, we got nothing," he added. "As a football club I don't know where we are going to get the next result from but all of a sudden you go to Institute next week and it is hugely difficult."


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