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Waken up or we will be relegated, warns Town boss

Dungannon Swifts 4 Warrenpoint Town 4


Barry Gray

Barry Gray

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Barry Gray

Frustrated Barry Gray has admitted that his Warrenpoint Town players need to raise their game or face relegation.

Gray is resigned to finishing in the Premiership's bottom two and is targeting the play-off spot - but he fears that on current form, his side will not come through the two-legged encounter against Championship opposition.

He admitted Saturday's draw at Dungannon Swifts - where they let a 4-2 lead slip - was deeply worrying.

"We have to be really concerned about (that performance)," he said.

"That is not good enough - it is not good enough to keep you out of a relegation battle and it is not good enough, if you do finish in a play-off spot, to get you through that play-off over two games."

The Swifts led through Colm Deasy's own-goal, before the full-back made amends, levelling with a 30-yard piledriver.

Dungannon retook the lead via Michael Carvill's penalty after the impressive Ryan Waide was fouled.

But back came Warrenpoint, who scored three times in 16 minutes to turn the game on its head - Alan O'Sullivan, Mark McKee and Brandon Doyle netting to make it 4-2.

Dungannon pulled one back through Waide, then Rhyss Campbell levelled in stoppage time.

Gray added: "You would like to see more grit and determination from a team fighting for their lives and today we didn't see it.

"We haven't seen it now for a period of time and that is concerning."

DUNGANNON: Johnston, Teggart, King, Brennan, Redman, Campbell, McGinty (Fitzpatrick, 78 mins), Lowe, Patton (Keke, 65 mins), Carvill, Waide. Unused subs: Byrne, Byers, McGuinness, Convie, McGinley

WARRENPOINT: Sava, Bennett, Wallace, Reilly, Deasy, Dillon, McKee (Carroll, 68 mins), Hutchinson, McVeigh (Lynch, 85 mins), Doyle, O'Sullivan. Unused subs: Buchanan, Smith, McCaffrey, Watters, Cowan

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown)

Man of the match: Ryan Waide

Match rating: 9/10

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