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Swifts have to keep pointing the way ahead, says Johnston

 

Goalkeeper Sam Johnston
Goalkeeper Sam Johnston
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Goalkeeper Sam Johnston has warned that Dungannon Swifts cannot allow their performance level to drop against Carrick Rangers.

The Tyrone side ended a three-game losing run with a 0-0 draw at Larne last weekend.

Today, they aim to secure a first league win since late August when they take on the league's third-bottom side.

After promotion in May, Carrick have made a reasonable start, winning at Institute and Warrenpoint. On Monday, they impressed for 45 minutes against Linfield before losing 3-0.

And Johnston admits Dungannon cannot afford to show any complacency.

"I watched the game on Monday night and Carrick played very well," he said. "They could have been two or three goals up when Linfield scored, so we know it will be difficult but we have to target a positive result and that means three points.

"In this league everyone can beat everyone, we've seen that with Warrenpoint almost getting a result against Glentoran last Saturday. We can't treat Carrick lightly or expect an easy game."

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Johnston (23) joined Dungannon from Ards during the summer. He kept his first league clean sheet in last Saturday's stalemate at Inver Park.

It was an important result for Dungannon, after heavy defeats to Crusaders (3-0), Coleraine (5-0) and Cliftonville (4-0).

Johnston added: "Getting a point away from home is not to be taken lightly. We want to win games but getting a point is better than coming away with nothing, as we had been doing.

"After the last couple of games, conceding so many goals, we were pretty happy to stop the rot. We had some really good results at the start of the season and as a team we had been really hard to break down, so to concede so many goals in the last few games was disappointing.

"On Saturday the focus was on trying to stop the goals going in and we did that, and now we have to try to score some goals."

Dungannon will be without forward Michael Carvill, who is suspended.

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