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Swifts need points to get season back on track: Redman

Revival hope: Dungannon Swifts ace Ross Redman
Revival hope: Dungannon Swifts ace Ross Redman
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Ross Redman believes the coming weeks offer Dungannon Swifts a chance to turn their season around.

A run of seven straight defeats - six in the league - has caused alarm. Last weekend's 1-0 home loss to Larne, who played over an hour with 10 men, was particularly depressing.

Afterwards boss Kris Lindsay warned Dungannon were in the middle of a relegation dogfight.

With bottom club Warrenpoint beating Coleraine, the Swifts are just eight points off the foot of the table.

However, Redman is confident it can all change very quickly.

The defender said: "Warrenpoint had a great result and it brings them closer, but we just have to get our heads down and work harder.

"Over the Christmas period there are a lot of games, so there are a lot of points up for grabs."

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Dungannon, who play Glentoran this afternoon, took 10 points from their first four games.

Their next 11 brought just four points, with the last six ending in defeats.

Redman added: "We're not getting ahead of ourselves - we knew it was going to be tough at the start of the year and we got points on the board early, which people probably didn't think we were going to get.

"I think that masks a wee bit of it.

"I think if we had got those points throughout the season, we would be sitting here thinking Dungannon are having an alright season.

"It is just the run that we are on that is making it look bad, but we'll continue to work hard."

Today Dungannon face the fifth-placed Glens. The Swifts won 3-1 when the sides met at Stangmore Park in August.

Redman, who is on loan from Glentoran and cannot play, added: "They are going well and have hit a run of form, so it will be tough. But we have every opportunity to go and assert ourselves on the game.

"When they came here, we got a good win, and we will be looking to try and repeat that."

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