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Fired up: Michael Carvill knows Swifts can take stride forward

Fired up: Michael Carvill knows Swifts can take stride forward

Fired up: Michael Carvill knows Swifts can take stride forward

Michael Carvill believes Dungannon Swifts face one of their biggest games of the season against Institute this afternoon.

Two of the bottom three meet in a relegation six-pointer.

With two-thirds of the campaign gone, every match is taking on increasing importance - and none more so than today.

A win would move Dungannon eight points clear of Institute, but lose and the gap will be cut to just two.

Carvill admits it is pivotal to both clubs' seasons.

"If we win, we can start thinking about who is next in front of us, who we can push on to, and can we catch the team in front of us, whereas if we lose we will be looking at the teams behind us," the striker said. "We believe we can push on now, but we know what the Irish League is like.

"I heard some of the results on Saturday, Carrick beating Cliftonville and so on. No one is given anything in this league.

"Institute will come fully fired up, they are fighting for their lives as well, so it's a big, big game."

Dungannon have won just once in the league since September. They sit five points ahead of Institute and six in front of basement side Warrenpoint, although they have two games in hand.

It is a fluid situation, and today's clash is set to have a huge bearing on the relegation battle.

The Swifts go into the game on the back of a fine 0-0 draw at Linfield.

Carvill believes Dungannon can take a lot of confidence from that result, and they have learned lessons from naivety in previous games.

He added: "We have to build on it - we're in a dogfight, we're in a relegation battle. We firmly believe that and we know what we have to do.

"Now we turn to Institute and that's an even bigger game, a far more important game, from our own perspective.

"We need to put in another good performance and get three points."

Last weekend's draw at Linfield was particularly impressive for Dungannon, considering their lengthy injury list.

Caomhan McGuinness and Ryan Waide, both on loan from the Blues and thus ineligible last Saturday, are available.

Seanan Clucas is serving a six-game ban following a post-match red card in the league meeting with Institute on December 21 and is still out.

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