MARTY Quinn is remaining optimistic ahead of Saturday’s Carling Premiership encounter with Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park (kick-off 3pm).

The gaffer knows that his side need to turn things around sooner rather than later to avoid being totally left behind by the other 11 Carling Premiership sides.

The Blues are now six points off Distillery, Dungannon and Carrick but have the chance to halve that deficit on Saturday afternoon.

Quinn has recently brought in his captain from his Coleraine days, Packie McAllister, as his number two, and says that the pair are determined to bring the Blues’ up the Carling Premiership table, starting at Stangmore Park on Saturday afternoon.

“The first thing is to get that first win and to get the eyes of the world off us,” he said.

“It’s horrendous. People who normally don’t’ comment on football are asking about it.

“It’s becoming very heavy now. It’s gone beyond a joke now and we need to get a win.

“Packie knows exactly what I’m going through having seen us on Saturday. We still believe that we can turn it around and that Glenavon won’t be in the Championship next season.

“As I said to Packie, wouldn’t it be nice to be up the table and in an Irish Cup final. We’ve done it together at Coleraine, so why not here?”

And in order to kick-off their turnaround in fortunes, Quinn is set to shift his under-performing strike-force to try and become more clinical in front of goal.

“I think it’s time for a change in our forward line for this weekend,” he said.

“We’ll see how we go in training this week and how the players get on as to what way we’ll line-up.

“We just need to get the ball up to the goal and get it in the net. It’s a confidence thing too. We’ll be working hard during the week although it’s hard at the minute. You wake up in the morning feeling a bit down but we had a good chat on Saturday and we’re all together.

“We’re genuinely together in this and there’s nobody in that changing room who doesn’t want success for this club so it was good to have that chat.

“It’s upwards and onwards though. There’ll be no sympathy or anything, we’ll just have to get on with it. We’ll get the boys onto the training pitch and keep working at it.”

Ryan Harpur and Kyle Neill both picked up knocks at Lisburn Distillery last weekend and attacker Chris Lavery is continuing his frustrating time sidelined through injury.

“Chris Lavery’s no nearer to getting back either. We’re going to have to send him back to the specialist. It’s very frustrating,” said Quinn.