IRISH LEAGUE: Gerard Lyttle's Cliftonville are on a roll

Gerard Lyttle
Gerard Lyttle

Cliftonville boss Gerard Lyttle is urging his boys to develop a ruthless streak.

The Reds on Saturday make the journey to Stangmore Park to face a resurgent Dungannon Swifts, hoping to claw back more ground on Crusaders and Linfield at the top of the Danske Premiership table.

Lyttle’s boys are coming off the back of an impressive win over Glenavon - and the manager wants a repeat showing.

“For the first time this season, we were ruthless in front of goal, but only in the second half,” said Lyttle.

“We have been dominating games and not putting away our chances - we have failed to kill teams off.

“That can cause problems. Once we took the lead, I thought we were excellent Glenavon - it was very encouraging.”

Lyttle is expecting few favours at Dungannon.

“They are a good side, especially on their own pitch,” he added. “They have already beaten us this season, so we know what to expect.”

The Reds will be without midfielder James Knowles and defender Chris Ramsey.

“Knowles is suspended,” added Lyttle, “while Ramsey will be out for a few weeks after damaging an ankle in the warm-up to last week’s game.

“But we have a big squad."

Lyttle is also delighted with the form of goalkeeper Peter Burke, adding: "He has done really well. I've two good keepers in Peter and Jason Mooney. It's healthy competition which is good for the club - and for me."