McGibbon moves to stop the rot at Ports

Pat McGibbon. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Pat McGibbon. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Portadown manager Pat McGibbon has vowed to analyse all areas of the squad situation in a bid to salvage the season.

Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Cliftonville - the third in a week at Shamrock Park - left the Ports with just two wins from the opening eight Danske Bank Premiership dates.

A battle to beat the drop remains the priority for a side who entered the campaign having a 12-point deduction imposed on the club by the Irish Football Association disciplinary committee.

Despite the difficult start, the former Northern Ireland international maintains his belief in long-term success.

“We will look at all aspects but I still have faith in our ability to avoid relegation,” said McGibbon. “Against Cliftonville there were so many positives but we fell away after they scored.

“We have not been able to put together complete performances on a consistent basis and I think that comes down to a combination of problems with confidence and fitness.

“But momentum is important and a win can obviously help.

“All decisions made are about trying to do what’s best for the club and to create the strongest possible group.

“Given the constraints with the points and inability to sign outside players as professionals, we need to work together and develop that ability to manage games in a better way.

“It is about everyone taking individual responsibility to have a positive impact on the team.

“We will also start bringing in targets to train with the club now ahead of strengthening over the January transfer window.

“We face a derby at Glenavon this weekend but every point this season will count.”