Dungannon Swifts chief Darren Murphy is looking for a “massive response” from his battered troops in Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership clash against basement club Ards at Stangmore Park.
The Swifts are still licking their wounds follow last weekend’s horrible 4-0 thumping by Warrrenpoint Town – also in front of home supporters.
Even though the County Tyrone boys are six points clear of the dreaded play-off place, Murphy is demanding a big improvement against a team that are heading in the direction of Championship One.
“I never said it in my 24 months in charge of this club, but I was embarrassed last week,” said Murphy.
“I can certainly take a defeat, but not in the manner of last week’s loss. We were 3-0 down in 23 minutes – totally embarrassing.
“There were absolutely no positives to take from the game. In fact, it could well have been worse in terms of the score.
“Our next two games are now crucial. If other results go against us and we don’t pick up any points, we’ll be sucked into that play-off spot.”
Even though Ards’ fate was sealed last weekend, Murphy insists his boys can take nothing for granted.
“They are probably more dangerous now simply because the pressure is off,” he added.
“Ards have been playing every game under huge pressure in recent weeks with the threat of relegation looming.
“That has now gone. They can now play without that pressure, which makes them even more dangerous. We will expect no favours.
“But make no mistake, I’ll be looking for a big improvement from my team after last week.”