GOALS from Seanan Clucas and Adam Waide may have seen Dungannon Swifts through to the third round of the Bet McLean League Cup at Stangmore Park last night, but there was a bigger picture than just the result for Dergview.
Having succumbed to a disappointing 2-1 reverse at Queen’s in the Championship on Saturday, the Darragh Park outfit went into the midweek cup clash in search of a performance and a restoration of pride.
In order to do so, the Dergview backroom team made several changes to the team and coach, Gareth Porter believes they achieved their aim.
“We did well, we got a bit of a reaction after Saturday, which was needed,” he observed.
“The only thing we said to the players was there’s no pressure on us, there’s no points at stake, but the main thing was to restore a bit of pride in the badge.
“We thought we didn’t do that against Queen’s in the game before, so the changes we made were all as an impact from Saturday. We wanted to make a point to the boys that they aren’t guaranteed starters, that they have to put in performances.
“The least we wanted was to match them in terms of work-rate and apart from one lapse in concentration we had good shape, were hard to break down and we scared them as well.”
For Dungannon, Tuesday’s match was more about the result than the performance as they warmed up for a Danske Bank Premiership top of the table clash with Crusaders at Seaview this coming Saturday.
“The message was to be professional and get the job done, get through to the next round,” explained Omagh man, Kris Lowe, who was the Swifts man of the match.
With momentum key for the Swifts, having won three and drawn one of their top fiight games so far this term, Lowe added: “The performance wasn’t that important, it was about keeping the run going so we can go into Saturday with a win.
“Dergview are a decent save and they pulled off a scalp beating Glenavon in the same competition last year, so we are just happy to get away with a clean sheet and a decent performance.”
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