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We must be wary of Swifts backlash, warns McDaid

 

Staying grounded: Davy McDaid isn’t losing focus
Staying grounded: Davy McDaid isn’t losing focus

By Alex Mills

Larne striker Davy McDaid believes Dungannon Swifts will arrive at Inver Park today with a point to prove.

Following their impressive start to the Danske Bank Premiership campaign, Kris Lindsay's boys have shipped a staggering 12 goals in their last three league games - a sequence of defeats that has resulted in the Swifts plummeting to seventh place in the table.

Although big-spending Larne will go into the game as hot favourites, McDaid insists his team will be taking nothing for granted.

"There is no such thing as a banker in the Irish League," said the former Derry City and Coleraine man. "I know Dungannon didn't have a good result last week against one of my old clubs, Cliftonville, but they are always a difficult side to play against.

"They have some quality players. They got the new season off to a flyer, but have fallen off the pace of late. Knowing their manager, he'll have them fired up so it will be a tough, tough game."

With the new full-time revolution at Larne, McDaid agrees his team is now up there to be shot at.

"I suppose we would be classed as a scalp now," he said. "With the start we've made, the squad we have and what's happened at the club, I would think a lot of people would see us as a scalp.

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"We know teams are going to up their game against us. But that's something we have to deal with, especially if we are viewed as one of the better sides. That will be merely an incentive for us to up our own game."

McDaid reckons there is a lot more to come from the east Antrim boys.

He added: "I wouldn't say we were entirely happy with our start. I think we still have a lot more to offer. We drew with Crusaders on the opening day, but we felt we should have won the game.

"Then in our last game in Belfast against Glentoran, we were desperately low after leaving The Oval without anything to show for it because we were the better team. The boss (Tiernan Lynch) made a few tweaks after the break and we certainly didn't deserve to leave empty-handed.

"But hopefully we have turned the corner after last week's win at Institute. We played really well, it was a good performance. It was good to get back to winning ways.

"The way the league has panned out over the first five or six games, it would suggest it will be a tight campaign. Any team can beat the other on any given week - that's the way the Irish League is.

"Home form will be crucial for any team that has aspirations of winning the title. Crusaders will not be far away. They have a great squad and the manager has been there and done it.

"Even against us, they had an off day but still managed to draw - that's just the team they are.

"Come the end of the season, the team or teams that are ahead of Crusaders, they'll have a chance of winning it."

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