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Lindsay keen for Swifts to refocus on European bid

Dungannon Sw v Linfield, Danske Bank Premiership: Stangmore Park, Tonight, 7.45pm


Sights set: Kris Lindsay’s side are chasing Glentoran in seventh spot

Sights set: Kris Lindsay’s side are chasing Glentoran in seventh spot

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Sights set: Kris Lindsay’s side are chasing Glentoran in seventh spot

Dungannon Swifts boss Kris Lindsay admits his side face a massive challenge as they try to stall Linfield's title charge tonight.

The league leaders could pull nine points clear with victory at Stangmore Park tonight, when the hosts will be will be aiming to get back on track after last weekend's defeat at Glenavon.

They are chasing seventh place in the table, currently held by Glentoran, which brings a play-off for European qualification.

Lindsay, a former Blues player, said the encounter is a huge game for his side.

"It's a massive one, games against Linfield are always massive, but we're at home and we have to try and get something from it," he said.

"It will be difficult and we know we will have to perform to the same level, if not better, than we did in the second half at Glenavon on Saturday.

"But we have to go into it with confidence. We have six games to go and we have to try and catch the Glens."

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The visit of Linfield is always one of the highlights of the Swifts' season and the presence of the BBC TV cameras adds to the occasion.

Lindsay is enthusiastic about the extra coverage, but doesn't want his side to be distracted by the occasion.

He added: "Players should never have to get up for games against Linfield, but the fact it's being shown on the BBC adds a bit of extra spice to it.

"It gives us a bit of extra exposure and fair play to the BBC because I think their coverage has been excellent.

"The games they have shown have been really good and it has been great for the league, getting it to a wider audience.

"But we just have to forget about the cameras. We will play our own game and hopefully get something from it."

After such an impressive start to 2019, Dungannon have lost three of their last four.

They were beaten 1-0 at Glenavon last Saturday, when Josh Daniels did the damage with a second-half strike at Mourneview Park.

Lindsay's first game in charge had been at the Lurgan venue in September and he believes his side have made big strides since then.

"You can see the difference from the first game we played there and Saturday - especially in the second half," he added.

"It is still a work in progress, there is still work to be done, but we'll keep moving in the right direction.

"We'll keep moving on for the last six games and then we'll look to build again in the summer."

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