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Swifts can thrive under the pressure, says Carvill

Michael Carvill
Michael Carvill
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Michael Carvill believes a sense of panic might be the push that Dungannon need to get their season back on track.

The Swifts are on an alarming run, winning just one of their last nine in the league.

And it doesn't get any easier, with table-topping Coleraine at Stangmore Park this afternoon.

It is the start of a brutal run of fixtures against top sides in November. But Carvill (31) feels that the growing pressure may work to Dungannon's advantage.

"I do like the idea of a wee bit of panic setting in, because it gives you that something to play for," the forward said. "Sometimes you can get complacent, almost in limbo in mid-table.

"That wee idea of panic setting in - Carrick starting to win, other teams below us starting to win - might not be the worst thing. It might give us that wee bit of a kick."

Dungannon were unbeaten through August but their form has slipped alarmingly.

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It started with a 3-0 defeat at Crusaders in early September, then Coleraine beat them 5-0 the following week.

The Bannsiders game summed up the Swifts' problems. They played well in the first half, going in 0-0 at the break, but fell apart in the second period.

It was the same against Cliftonville last month and in the sides' return leg last Saturday, which Dungannon lost 5-0.

Carvill added: "Everybody keeps talking about the good start, and our start was excellent and we worked very hard. We were playing very well. Since then, we have got a bit lost.

"We've had this safety net, saying that we have been doing well and have been playing good teams. But we've conceded a hell of a lot of goals, and particularly in the second half of games.

"We have identified the problems and we know ourselves that we need to eradicate that quickly.

"If it happens in one game it's maybe not a problem, but if it keeps on happening we really are in trouble. We need to get back to the form we had at the start of the season."

Carvill has been particularly annoyed at how Dungannon have lost games, with too many second half cave-ins.

He added: "The games that we have lost have been very disappointing, but we know that we are coming up against teams littered with quality.

"The thing that annoys me most is that we are matching that quality for the first half, then we concede and capitulate.

"It's not as if we are getting hammered for 90 minutes. The mentality and the heads just seem to go down. We want to put that right."

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