Ports will ‘scrap’ a result soon says boss

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

Despite their recent run of form, confidence is high at Portadown that a revival is just around the corner.

The Ports travel to Stangmore Park on Saturday to face a Dungannon side who are just a point off the top six.

They did suffer a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Ballinamallard on Saturday and Portadown manager Pat McGibbon is hoping his side can repeat the Mallards’ exploits.

“From what I saw last Saturday, I think we’ll scrap a result somewhere soon and then it’s a matter of trying to push on from there,” he said, buoyed by a battling display during the 1-0 defeat to Glenavon.

“I was really pleased with the effort and their attitude after the game. As a group, they understood that they put everything into the game.

“If they keep doing that, the tide will turn.

“We just have to concentrate on training well, having a good shape, good team-morale and making sure that we scrap a result to get ourselves kick-started.”

Ken Oman played his first game in over a month last weekend, while Keith O’Hara missed out. Having both of those players available, McGibbon says, could be key to earning better fortune.

“Ken’s not fully fit yet but they will be really important players for us as the season goes on,” he said. “Keith’s a huge influence for us as well.

“Those are the guys that are able to manage games and at times, that’s where we’ve fallen a bit.

“With lads who have just stepped up to this level, managing games is just as important and having those lads back will be vital for us.”

Meanwhile, full-back Mark Carson admitted that he and his defence must be wary of fellow former Glenavon man Andrew Mitchell on Saturday.

He said: “There are no easy games but I think Dungannon are potentially dark horses for the top six. Andrew Mitchell is banging them in and they’ve added well with the likes of Chris Hegarty there. It’s another tough one but we’ll continue to work hard and hopefully we can get a result.”