Set­back for Swifts

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Swifts lost to New­ton­grange Star The mes­sage was a sim­ple one from Jean­field Swifts man­ager Ross Gun­nion af­ter their week­end 3-1 de­feat to New­ton­grange Star – cut out the er­rors.

Swifts strug­gled to make their mark on this Su­per League home clash af­ter Richard Dono­van had tem­po­rar­ily lev­elled pro­ceed­ings in the first half.

The per­for­mance was dis­ap­point­ing for boss Gun­nion. He said:“The first half was very even and, if any­thing, we were prob­a­bly the slightly bet­ter team.

“We cre­ated a few more chances that could have seen us en­ter the break a goal up.

“How­ever, sec­ond half we were ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing and failed to com­pete.

“We didn’t do the sim­ple things in the game, didn’t work hard enough and made our­selves easy to beat.

“It’s the most dis­ap­pointed I’ve been this sea­son.

“In terms of im­prove­ment, it’s sim­ple. We must work harder and cut out the ba­sic er­rors. We are not short of abil­ity but if we don’t put the ef­fort in first we won’t get the chance to show the qual­ity we have.

“There were seven play­ers miss­ing at the week­end for var­i­ous rea­sons. That’s not an ex­cuse for the poor per­for­mance but what it does do is make it easy for me to bring the miss­ing play­ers back into the team.”

Gun­nion says it’s a case of re­turn­ing to the ba­sics at train­ing this week ahead of cup ac­tion on Satur­day.

The River­side boss added:“We’ll start work­ing on our de­fen­sive shape and look to get our­selves back to the cre­ative force we showed in the first three or four games this sea­son.

“A cup game pro­vides a wel­come break from league duty as it’s been a hec­tic start. It also af­fords the squad an op­por­tu­nity to show why they should be play­ing.”

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