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Frontmen can strike it rich and move us further away from drop zone: Lindsay


Kris Lindsay
Kris Lindsay
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Kris Lindsay believes that a "fit and firing" strikeforce will get Dungannon out of trouble.

The form of the Swifts' front line has been a big factor in their recent resurgence.

Daniel Hughes, who has struggled with injuries, has scored three times in his last five games.

Paul McElroy is also showing glimpses of the player that shone in his first few months at Stangmore Park.

Today, Dungannon will be aiming to make it four games unbeaten when they take on Cliftonville.

Lindsay is keen for his side to maintain their momentum, and has earmarked Hughes - a former Reds player - as key.

"In the last few weeks Daniel has been excellent," he said. "His work rate and energy up front has spread throughout the team.

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"We know Daniel will score goals if we give him chances, so too Paul McElroy, who has also been excellent. If we keep both fit and firing, we will take more chances and pick up positive results."

Dungannon moved five points clear of the bottom two after last weekend's 2-2 draw at Ballymena.

Despite playing the last 20 minutes with ten men, they came from behind twice to take a point against the title hopefuls.

Now it is on to Cliftonville, who have endured a turbulent few weeks on and off the pitch.

However, Lindsay has been encouraged by the Swifts' recent performances.

They ended 2018 with a catastrophic 3-0 home defeat to Ards, but have bounced back.

Lindsay added: "The Ards game was very poor but the team has responded very well. We have come through three tough away games at Glentoran, Cliftonville in the Irish Cup and Ballymena.

"Now we need to show that same fight and commitment in our home games.

"We know Cliftonville will be a tough game. They showed their firepower against Ards, but you need to win your home games and we will be targeting three points."

Defender James Ferrin, who has joined from Glentoran, is set to go straight into the squad, but Dungannon will be without midfielders Dougie Wilson and Seanan Clucas. The former is suspended after his red card at Ballymena, while the latter is banned after amassing 10 bookings.

• Linfield youngster Ryan Strain has been allowed to go on loan to Carrick Rangers.

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