Back-to-basics the building blocks for struggling Ports to salvage the season

Ross Redman (left) - who provided both assists for the centre-back - celebrates with Ken Oman following a dramatic finale to Portadown's weekend win. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Ross Redman (left) - who provided both assists for the centre-back - celebrates with Ken Oman following a dramatic finale to Portadown's weekend win. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Ken Oman is keen to move past the emotion and drama of Saturday’s last-gasp victory and use the back-to-basics approach as a building block for continued recovery.

Oman finished as the two-goal hero at Shamrock Park with a second-half double that provided three points last weekend and the hope of future progress.

If the Danske Bank Premiership victory serves up benefits beyond a 3-2 win over Carrick Rangers then a return to the team’s roots must start tomorrow (Saturday) at Ballymena United.

“There was a real sense of relief at the final whistle but it remains just one win,” said Oman. “It is important that we match that same team spirit and ability to defend and attack together in future games.

“We put Carrick under pressure from the very start of the second half and it was a really positive team effort towards the win.

“No-one is happy with our form and we accept the frustration from the fans but we produced on Saturday the heart that is needed moving forward.

“It has been a difficult season and we know we have better players than performances would show.

“It is about small steps to build confidence levels back up again but Saturday’s win was a great starting point.

“To be honest, I have never experienced anything like this in my career and it is impossible to put a finger on what has gone wrong.

“The positive was how we did not crumble after conceding two sloppy goals and getting a man sent off but instead really worked together to get back into the match.

“It was great to get a couple of goals from great set-piece play by Ross Redman and we should be scoring more from those situations.”

Portadown, having stopped a six-game run of fixtures without victory, must now take the next step in the recovery process by recording a result on the road at Ballymena.

Oman entered the season keen to become an established part of the backline. His weekend double puts the centre-back behind only strikers Darren Murray and Gary Twigg in the scoring charts.

“I never expected things to go this way and we have not been able to achieve consistency,” said Oman. “However, no-one is going to give up and if we play like Saturday we can prove a match for anyone.

“It is about using last weekend and pushing on now from that starting point.”

Kick-off will be 3 o’clock.