IRISH LEAGUE: Rodney McAree demands ‘more of the same’ from Dungannon Swifts ahead of Carrick Rangers test

Rodney McAree
Rodney McAree

Dungannon Swifts boss Rodney McAree is demanding the ‘same again’ when his boys make the trek to the Loughshore Hotel Arena to face Carrick Rangers on Saturday.

Even though the County Tyrone battlers lost out to Linfield in McAree’s first game in charge after replacing Darren Murphy, he was satisfied with the overall performance.

“If we keep playing like that, we’ll push ourselves away from the fear of relegation,” he said.

“A little gap is opened up between ourselves and Warrenpoint Town. We not only want that gap to widen, but we want to start reeling in the teams above us.

“It has been a smooth change-over between Darren and I. I’ve put my mark on a few little things and the players have responded. I am happy with the quality of our squad.

“I certainly can’t fault the work rate of the players. I though we were worth a draw against Linfield. Unfortunately, we were punished for one mistake.

“That’s a part of our game we’ll must improve on – cutting out silly mistakes. If we’ do that, we’ll be ok,” added McAree, who has a full squad to choose from at Carrick.

“It will be another difficult game. Gary Haveron has done a great job at the club. They defeated us at our place earlier this season, so we must look to put that right.”

Carrick boss Haveron added: “Dungannon will be another test, especially now that Rodney has taken over. The players will be out to impress. But it’s something we must deal with – we must focus on what we have to do to get three points.”