Dungannon boss Shiels hopes for Swift return to winning ways as Carrick visit Stangmore

Dungannon manager Dean Shiels has called on his team to reproduce the form they showed against Glenavon in the Irish Cup.
Andy Watters

DUNGANNON manager Dean Shiels has called on his Swifts side to reproduce the form that took them past Glenavon in the Irish Cup on Tuesday night when they take on Carrick Rangers tonight (7.30pm, live on BBC iPlayer).

The Swifts ended a run of eight games without victory with their 2-1 first round success at Mourneview and Shiels wants to see the Tyrone side build on that at Stangmore Park this evening.

"I'm trying to build something here and it's taking time," former Northern Ireland international Shiels told BBC Sport.

"Any success I've had in my life always took time and hard work."

Carrick Rangers were four points ahead of basement outfit Dungannon at the mid-season split last weekend. They had a morale-boosting 3-0 win over Sport and Leisure in the Irish Cup this week thanks to goals from Michael Smith, Caolan Loughran and Kurtis Forsythe.

Shiels is hoping to finish this season off on a positive note and begin building for the next one.

"We know we're lacking quality in certain areas and we need to be clever in the summer regarding recruitment but we are going in the right direction,” he said.

"I've seen really good signs since I've come in. We've played well and lost a lot [of games] and what pleased me a lot was that the group came together (against Glenavon) to grind it out.

"To win away from home takes character and I was delighted with that."

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