Belfast Telegraph

Murphy urges more belief from Dungannon Swifts

By Graham Luney

Darren Murphy has called for greater self-belief from Dungannon Swifts ahead of their home clash with Coleraine.

Dungannon will be aiming to improve on a dismal run of one win from 12 league games when they host the third-placed Bannsiders today.

It is another tough task against a team who have lost just twice this season.

Dungannon’s recent record against Coleraine is also less than impressive.

However, Murphy was pleased by the effort shown by Swifts’ players at Glentoran last weekend — and wants a repeat tomorrow.

“At the end of the day football is a results business and I was hugely disappointed to lose last weekend,” he said.

“However, I was very pleased with the performance. If we play like we did last Saturday then the results will come.

“Pat McGibbon and myself have to keep getting the message through to the players that hard work will pay off. They have to keep believing that.”

Murphy believes the Bannsiders will pose a stern test.

“It is a difficult task and it will be a tough game,” he added.

“Oran Kearney has done a fantastic job and has revamped Coleraine from top to bottom. He has brought in good players and has a young side playing with a lot of confidence.

“They have been challenging at the top of the league and reached two cup finals during the past couple of seasons, so they are progressing well.

“It will be a tough match for us.”

Dungannon are missing three players through suspension.

Central defenders Adam McMinn and Johnny Montgomery are serving one-match bans after accumulating five yellow cards this season.

And striker Sean Friars is also ruled out after picking up a red card at the end of the Glentoran game.

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