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McElroy is keen to see the Swifts develop a more ruthless edge

 

By Adrian Rutherford

Paul McElroy believes a change in luck is needed for Dungannon Swifts to rediscover their scoring touch.

The Tyrone side are without a goal in six of their last seven league matches after losing 1-0 against Coleraine last weekend - a match they dominated without making their chances pay.

It was a familiar story for the Swifts, whose only league goal since November came on Boxing Day at Ballinamallard.

The departure of Andrew Mitchell, who scored 25 league goals last term, is an obvious factor. However, McElroy feels Dungannon's problems run deeper.

"We miss Andrew, but it's not just down to that," he said. "Sometimes we aren't getting the rub of the green. In recent games we've been creating chances, the goalkeeper has been making good saves and we've hit the woodwork.

"We should be scoring more goals. It's something we have to improve on. We have to start putting away more chances and be more clinical in front of goal."

The Swifts travel to Cliftonville tomorrow needing points to keep in touch with the top six. Despite a dip in form, McElroy feels they can finish the campaign strongly.

"Our aim is always try and break into the top six, that is still the aim, but we need to pick up more points," he added.

"We've a big game on Saturday, it's a good test and we look forward to it."

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