McGIBBON: “FINISH THE JOB”

Portadown caretaker manager Pat McGibbon celebrates with Garry Breen - plus coach Trevor Williamson and Jake Richardson - following the final whistle on Tuesday. Pic by Pacemaker.

Portadown caretaker manager Pat McGibbon celebrates with Garry Breen - plus coach Trevor Williamson and Jake Richardson - following the final whistle on Tuesday. Pic by Pacemaker.

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Portadown caretaker manager Pat McGibbon has a simple message for his players heading into the penultimate game of the Irish League season: “Finish the job”.

A season-long struggle for form left the Ports facing up to a relegation battle before Tuesday’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Carrick Rangers.

Now Portadown hit the road tomorrow (Saturday) to tackle Warrenpoint Town in search of a point to secure top-flight status.

Having grabbed a first win in his seventh fixture as the Ports’ interim boss, McGibbon now wants the momentum to carry on until the final fixture.

“We talked a lot about individual pride and pride in the team,” said McGibbon. “There is uncertainty over the future for many of the players but that sense of pride in the team was needed to get us over the line against Carrick.

“The away support was excellent and that togetherness across the board is crucial to help the club move forward.

“But Tuesday night was all about getting that win, no matter how it was achieved.

“Now we can face Warrenpoint in need of a point to confirm everything is okay this season.

“Although we want to end with wins, the priority remains to stay up.”

Goals by Chris Casement and Garry Breen secured the points in a 2-1 success - with McGibbon fielding a line-up that included high-profile players such as Gary Twigg, Mark McAllister and Robert Garrett on the substitutes’ bench.

“The selection was not about any reflection on an individual and each decision made is based on numerous factors,” said McGibbon. “We said it was important to have that solid foundation in place and to stay in the game.

“Then we had experience on the bench to come on and give us more of an attacking edge.

“Now we must put that same character and focus into the Warrenpoint match.”

Kick-off will be 3 o’clock.