RODNEY McAree has warned he expects a big response from Dungannon against Glentoran this evening.
The new season got off to a poor start with a 3-1 home defeat by Coleraine on Saturday.
All the goals came in the final 35 minutes, while the Swifts had goalkeeper Andy Coleman sent off late on.
McAree hit out at errors which led to the goals, and indicated that players face being dropped if the mistakes continue.
He expects better against the Glens, who won 2-1 at Ballinamallard, but believes Gary Haveron’s side will be a test.
“They won their opener and I think they will be buoyant coming off the back of a good win,” McAree said.
“Gary has a run of fixtures at the start of the season which, to be honest, if you are Glentoran manager, you have to be looking at them and thinking that you’re going to be picking up maximum points in all of them. We are the second one of that and we’re coming off the back of a poor defeat, but the next game can’t come around quickly enough.
“The goals we conceded were criminal. We had a chance of dealing with the first one – just put it out,” he added.
One of the positives was the performance of new signing Ryan Mayse, who scored on his debut and was Dungannon’s best player.
McAree added,“Mayse did very well, as other ones did too, and it was good to see him weighing in with a debut goal.”
Premier League neighbours Ballinamallard United meanwhile travel to Glenavon who opened with a win against Warrenpoint Town.
A controversial Curtis Allen goal condemned the Ducks to an opening day 2-1 defeat against Glentoran.
Like McAree, Mallards boss Gavin Dykes will be demanding a positive response.
Posted: 11:22 am August 15, 2017