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Kris Lindsay determined to pick Dungannon players up for massive week ahead

Larne 3 Dungannon Swifts 0


Forward thinking: Johnny McMurray goes on the attack

Forward thinking: Johnny McMurray goes on the attack

Forward thinking: Johnny McMurray goes on the attack

Dungannon Swifts boss Kris Lindsay has challenged his side to haul themselves off the bottom of the table in the week ahead.

The Swifts slipped to last place in the Danske Bank Premiership following their 3-0 defeat at Larne on Saturday, coupled with Carrick's surprise victory at Crusaders.

It's now just one win in the last eight for Lindsay's men, but they have a chance to put things right over the next five days. First up is tomorrow's trip to Warrenpoint Town, before they take on Portadown at Shamrock Park on Saturday.

Lindsay is hoping the opportunity to take on two of the three teams directly above them will be a chance to start picking up points.

"We have two massive games coming up and it's massively important we take points from them," Lindsay said.

"We don't want to finish bottom of the league and that's obviously where we are at the minute.

"When you look at it, Carrick beat ourselves, took a point off Linfield and then beat Crusaders in the space of a week.

"They're on a good run and now we need to turn our fortunes around. There's no-one else who can help us but ourselves - the players, the staff and myself and we need to do it quickly.

"We don't want to finish bottom, regardless of whether there is relegation or not and it has to start on Tuesday night against Warrenpoint."

Lindsay added significant experience at either end of the pitch to his Stangmore squad in the January transfer window, in the form of Roy Carroll and Rory Patterson. Both former Northern Ireland internationals played in Saturday's reversal at Inver Park and Lindsay is hoping their proven track record will come to the fore in the coming weeks.

"We felt we needed some experience and Roy and Rory have it in abundance," he said.

"I thought they have been very good in the last two games.

"Matty Smyth (a January arrival from Ballinamallard) was also excellent making his first competitive start at Larne.

"It's up to us as a group now to get our heads down and work hard and try to turn our fortunes around."

Lindsay's Larne counterpart Tiernan Lynch was pleased to see his side return to winning ways after consecutive draws against Warrenpoint and Portadown.

The victory keeps them in second place, and moves them six points ahead of Crusaders, in third. After a busy schedule over the last month, Lynch now has a full week to work with his players ahead of Saturday's trip to Cliftonville.

"I think that's the key to it for us, to try to get a little bit of work on the training ground," Lynch said. "The last couple of weeks have been difficult for us playing Saturday-Tuesday, Saturday-Tuesday. In that sort of spell you have to get your rest period right and your recovery right.

"As we've said all along this is a good team. They had a little bit of a dip in form where things weren't going their way, but we always knew what they capable of."

Larne: Devlin, Watson, Robinson (Kelly 34 mins), Sule, Randall (Herron), Donnelly, Mottley-Henry (McKendry 72 mins), Cosgrove, Hughes, Jarvis, McMurray; Unused subs: C Mitchell, Hale, Lynch, A Mitchell

Dungannon Swifts: Carroll, Coyle, Wilson (Gallagher 61 mins), Byers, McAleer (Devlin 61 mins), O Smyth, Campbell (Mayse 61 mins), Carvill, Glenny, M Smyth, Patterson; Unused subs: Byrne, Teggart, Patton, O'Kane

Referee: Ian McNabb

Man of match: Mark Randall

Match rating: 7/10

Belfast Telegraph