Manager Ronnie McFall is confident that time will justify his faith in the Portadown squad - with last weekend’s victory a first step towards getting the season back on track.
A last-gasp penalty kick was required to secure success against newly-promoted Carrick Rangers but McFall is keen to look beyond the past and focus on the confidence boost provided by those three Danske Bank Premiership points.
It provided a first league win since August 22 and McFall remains positive of an upturn in fortune as players return from injury.
“We have had David Miskelly, Chris Casement, Keith O’Hara, Ken Oman, Chris Ramsey, Tim Mouncey, Peter McMahon, Michael Gault, Shea Conaty and Mark McAllister all out at various times,” said the Ports boss. “This league is relentless so it was important to get those three points and improve confidence levels.
“Saturday gave us our first clean sheet of the season and it is important to stay calm during the difficult periods and not panic.
“We were not able to bring anyone in during the summer so could not freshen the squad but there is plenty of quality and we still feel we can push on.
“Having a settled side will make a big difference.”
“Now we must focus on Ballymena United at home this weekend.”
Shea Conaty will continue his return from injury by visiting Iceland with Northern Ireland under 19s.
Kick-off tomorrow (Saturday) will be 3 o’clock.