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Point won't be hitting panic button after defeat: Gray

Dungannon Swifts 3 Warrenpoint Town 1

Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Warrenpoint boss Barry Gray said there was no sense of panic after their survival fight suffered a setback against Dungannon.

A 3-1 defeat at Stangmore Park left them eight points from safety - reopening a gap that had been narrowing in recent weeks.

Gray admitted his side had underperformed on Saturday, but insists he will not get too downhearted.

"It is somewhat of a reality check for where we are, because things have been decent over the last few weeks," he said.

"We won't feel sorry for ourselves - today is done and Dungannon deserved their win."

Warrenpoint had been 14 points behind the Swifts at one stage, but had pulled the gap back to five ahead of Saturday's clash.

They sensed a chance to close in further on their opponents, who had not won since September 28.

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The game was level at the break, after Brandon Doyle cancelled out Callum Byers' early header for the home side.

But Dungannon scored twice in the second half through Mark Patton to secure the points.

Gray added: "We didn't have enough players that came and played their A-game today.

"That's fine - we won't get overly concerned or panicked.

"It was a lost opportunity because we felt we could come here and get a win. We haven't, and we move on."

For Dungannon, it was a vital win which lifts confidence ahead of the busy festive programme.

Patton said: "It is a big three points for us and also it was good to get a good performance.

"It has been a difficult time - it was the manner of how we were getting beaten, which isn't good enough.

"We've got good players here, a young squad at the same time, but that is no excuse for getting beaten by four, five or six goals.

"There are a lot of games this month and it is important to build momentum.

"If we get a couple of wins it can bring us right up the table.

"Winning can become a habit, just as losing became a habit, and hopefully we can get on a bit of a winning streak now."

Dungannon: Addis, Teggart, Byers, Wilson, Redman, Fitzpatrick (Smyth, 83mins), Clucas, Lowe, Patton (King, 90mins), Carvill, Gallagher (Waide, 87mins). Unused subs: Byrne, McGuinness, Campbell, Devlin

Warrenpoint: Byrne, Young, Reilly, Mullen, Cowan, Bennett (McVeigh, 67mins), Forde, Watters, Doyle, Wallace, O'Sullivan (O'Connor, 81mins). Unused subs: Turker, Smith, McCann, Kane, Murnaghan

Referee: Evan Boyce (Ballygowan)

Man of the match: Kris Lowe

Match rating: 7/10

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