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We can't take Carrick lightly, warns McElroy

By Adrian Rutherford

Paul McElroy believes Dungannon Swifts' impressive form will be put to the test with a "horrible" trip to Carrick today.

The Swifts have lost only one of their last seven in the Danske Bank Premiership, and will be confident of stretching that run against a Carrick side with just a single league victory since March.

Yet McElroy, who has scored important goals in his last three games, believes it will be a test.

"Carrick is a horrible place to go," he said. "It's always windy and the pitch isn't great, but we won't change our game to accommodate them. Sometimes the pitch makes it a bit more difficult, but we'll definitely be confident."

McElroy scored the winner on Tuesday when the Swifts beat Warrenpoint in the League Cup. It was his third goal in as many games. And while the Tyrone side will be confident of another victory, McElroy is cautious.

He said: "Every team in the Irish League is a good team - the first year Carrick came up we struggled against them. I think we got one point out of the four games. Momentum is with us, though, and we fancy ourselves."

The Swifts have claimed impressive draws at Crusaders and Glenavon in recent weeks, and last weekend they produced a stirring comeback to beat Ballymena.

McElroy believes a visit to Taylor's Avenue will be a different type of test.

"We are going from one extreme to the other - you go to the top teams and the pitches are always good and they can play," he added.

"You go there (Carrick) and everyone has to dig in. You have to grind out results.

"But we're more than happy to do that and we are certainly capable of going there and coming away with a win."

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