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Paul Millar told Swifts they have too much 'quality to go down'

Dungannon 1-2 Glenavon

By Adrian Rutherford

Paul Millar has told Dungannon Swifts to stop worrying about the threat of relegation.

The Glenavon assistant boss believes they have too much quality to go down.

The Lurgan club piled on the misery by scoring a 93rd minute winner in Saturday's clash at a rain-lashed Stangmore Park to inflict Swifts' seventh league defeat in a row - eight in all competitions - and keeps them second bottom of the Premiership.

But Millar does not believe they will drop out of the top division.

"Dungannon will be fine," he insisted.

"It might be their eighth defeat in a row but the last four or five have been by one goal. They have just been unlucky. They are a good side.

"Sometimes the difference between a side in the top six and one in the bottom six is someone who can put the ball in the net."

In Eoin Bradley, Glenavon had that extra edge.

The forward, a 62nd minute sub, scored with a close-range header in the final seconds.

Earlier, Daniel Kearns had struck to cancel out Paul McElroy's opener for the home team on a day when the visitors had no fewer than threeg goals disallowed - two from Declan O'Brien and another from Kris Lindsay.

Millar added: "We totally dominated the game.

"Although we went a goal down, we kept plugging away.

"We had a goal disallowed in the first half and their goalkeeper made some super saves.

"The second half was the same. We put them under continual pressure."

For Dungannon, however, the losing run continues.

Barely a fortnight into the job as head coach, this was a glimpse of football at its cruellest for Rodney McAree.

He conceded his side deserved little from the game.

"I'm disappointed for the players because they put an unbelievable effort in to try and get a point," he said.

"But we needed to show a little bit more composure.

"We gave the ball away too easily and invited pressure on to us."

DUNGANNON: Coleman, Montgomery, Armstrong, Burns, McCaffrey, Glackin, Wilson, McElroy, Harpur (Fitzpatrick, 79 mins), Teggart (Lowe, 58 mins), Mitchell. Unused subs: Hazley, Mullen, Addis

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Neill, Kelly, Lindsay, Kilmartin (Dillon, 90 mins), Marshall, Cooper (Hamilton, 90 mins), Hall, O'Brien (Bradley, 62 mins), Sykes, Kearns. Unused subs: Patton, McGrory

Man of the match: Andy Hall (pictured)

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Keith Kennedy (Lisburn)

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