Don’t consign Finn Harps to relegation just because they've slipped to the foot of the table– that’s the defiant message from Finn Park.

The Donegal side have lost four on the trot and the battle to survive in the top flight is set to intensify.

But assistant manager Paul Hegarty feels that injury plagued Harps are playing better than the results of late suggest – and he is adamant that they can start climbing the league ladder again.

“Every wee mistake at the moment we are being punished for,” he claimed. “We have a lot of bodies out and the players coming back from injury are not that sharp and we are just having to throw them in because we have no choice.”

Harps travel to relegation threatened rivals Galway United tonight and the following week they have a home game against St. Patrick’s Athletic.

“We have to get something out of these two games,” Hegarty declared after Friday’s 3-0 home defeat against Bray.

Last season, Harps went on a run of nine straight defeats – but finished with a late flurry to keep them up.

Hegarty believes they can turn things around again.

“We were on a bad run last year and were not creating anything; at least we are creating chances now,” he said. “We just can’t seem to get the first goal these days. Every team will get a spell when things go against them but you have to get up and get on with it.”

With the league appearing to split into two halves – and just three points separating the bottom six with more than half the season still to go, there will be many twists and turns.

Worryingly, Harps haven’t scored a league goal at home since the end of March.

Galway ended Cork City’s 100% record over the weekend and will be hoping that the draw signals a kick-start to their season. However, Galway have won only once in 13 outings and are the league’s lowest scorers, with just 11 goals.

The sides drew 1-1 at Finn Park in March. Harps really need a minimum return of a point again.

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