Pat praises ‘terrific’ attitude despite derby defeat

Alan Byrne. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Alan Byrne. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Portadown manager Pat McGibbon hailed his side’s fighting spirit after Saturday’s Mid-Ulster derby defeat.

Losing games against Glenavon is never a cause of celebration at Portadown, but in the circumstances, there were certainly positives to glean.

The Ports were well in the game up until Brendan Shannon saw red in first-half injury-time.

And even during the second half, they were the width of a post away from taking the lead as Alan Byrne’s shot crashed back off the upright only for Glenavon to rush up the field and score seconds later.

“It was a dogged performance,” reflected McGibbon. “In the first half, there was little or nothing in it. We knew we were going to have to defend but we set ourselves up well. The attitude of the lads was terrific.

“The sending off makes it difficult. We had to change our system slightly and we knew Glenavon were going to come at us. They’ve got quality within the side and we knew that.

“There was a terrific team spirit and togetherness in the second half. We created chances as well and Alan Byrne hit the post. It’s just disappointing that we couldn’t hold on at least for a point.

“That’s the way it is at the minute. In the Cliftonville game and the Ballymena game both, we played well for a half. Against Cliftonville, the second half we looked a little bit ragged and the same in the first half of the Ballymena game.”