Linfield prepare for another 'away day' against Dungannon

Linfield manager Warren Feeney
Linfield lie third in the Premiership after four rounds of fixtures

Linfield manager Warren Feeney has admitted that playing all of the club's first six league matches away from home is proving a test for his players.

The Blues have won two, drawn one and lost one of their games on the road so far, with trips to Dungannon on Saturday, then Cliftonville, to come.

Ongoing construction work at Windsor Park has necessitated the schedule.

"It's hard playing game after game away from home - it's not as if they're all 10 or 15 minutes away," said Feeney.

The south Belfast side's first scheduled home game against Warrenpoint Town is still a fortnight away.

The Linfield boss made several changes for Monday night's shock 1-0 League Cup defeat by Ballyclare Comrades at Dixon Park, but wasn't impressed by much of what he saw.

"I found out one or two things about a few people in that game at Ballyclare, so that was the only positive I took from the game," said Feeney.

"It's difficult to be at your best for two games in 48 hours so I rested a few players to give some of those on the fringes a chance to show what they can do.

"We also have key players injured at the moment, including Jamie Mulgrew, Peter Thompson, Sean Ward and Andy Waterworth, and I've made no secret of the fact that the League is my priority."

Dungannon will be without knee injury victim Ryan Harpur for the game at Stangmore Park, with the Swifts' skipper facing up to two months on the sidelines.

Meanwhile midfielder Matt Hazley could be missing for anything from four to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

Tiernan Mulvenna moved to Cliftonville as part of a deal which saw Ciaran Caldwell go to Glenavon
Tiernan Mulvenna moved to Cliftonville as part of a deal which saw Ciaran Caldwell go to Glenavon

Cliftonville add new recruit from Glenavon, Tiernan Mulvenna, to their squad, while defender Eamon Seydak returns after attending a wedding last week.

Central defender Marc Smyth is ruled out of the trip to Ballinamallard with a hamstring problem however.

Ferney Park boss Whitey Anderson is without midfielder Jason McCartney, who suffered an ankle injury in a recent game with Crusaders.

Influential midfielder Chris Morrow is available for the Crues' Belfast derby with Glentoran at Seaview after getting married.

Declan Caddell and defender Paul Leeman are both missing, but Nathan Hanley is likely to be retained in the squad after featuring in his side's midweek League Cup win.

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson must plan without new signing Barry Holland, who is on holiday.

Institute have been boosted by the signing of striker Paul McVeigh from Finn Harps ahead of their clash with Warrenpoint Town at Drumahoe.

Another recent acquisition, Cormac Burke, is struggling because of injury, while Michael McCrudden is definitely ruled out.

Basement side Warrenpoint Town have injury concerns over Daniel Hughes and Stephen McDonnell, while manager Barry Gray is awaiting international clearance for new signing from Dundalk, forward Ciaran O'Connor.

Saturday 30 August Irish Premiership fixtures - 15:00 BST kick-offs

Dungannon Swifts v Linfield

Ballinamallard Utd v Cliftonville

Crusaders v Glentoran

Institute v Warrenpoint Town

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