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Lindsay: Swifts in need of mental fortitude to climb away from danger

Tough spot: Kris Lindsay admits he’s under pressure
Tough spot: Kris Lindsay admits he’s under pressure
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Under-pressure Dungannon boss Kris Lindsay has urged his players to show mental toughness ahead of a game that could make or break their season.

The Swifts, who host bottom club Warrenpoint today, are in disarray after eight straight league defeats. Lose this afternoon and their relegation fears will only intensify.

The Co Down side won 4-3 when the sides met in October and, after beating Coleraine last Saturday, are just five points behind Dungannon.

Lindsay believes it is a vitally important match, and insists his men must learn to compete for the full 90 minutes.

"Saturday is absolutely massive - at home to Warrenpoint," he said.

"We will not get away easily, as we saw at their place. We will not get away with playing for 45 minutes, and that has been our problem.

"We have played for 30, 40 or 45 minutes in the vast majority of matches this season, and then have given soft goals away and capitulated.

"That is nothing to do with talent - that is a mentality thing. We need to show that mental toughness, that mental fortitude to put your body on the line and make good decisions when things are not going well.

"We need to know how to react and we are not doing that at the minute, which is very frustrating."

Since beating Glenavon all the way back in August, Dungannon have taken just four points from a possible 39.

Their last two league games, against high-flying Glentoran and Crusaders, have ended in 6-1 defeats.

Last Saturday, they held the Crues at 1-1 until the 58th minute, then conceded five times in 19 minutes, and on Tuesday night, Loughgall knocked them out of the Mid-Ulster Cup on penalties.

Lindsay admits his side are in relegation form.

Asked if he feels under pressure, he added: "Of course, I am not naive. Football is a results business and we have been beaten in our last nine games."

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