Climb up the table will come says boss

Ronnie McFall. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Ronnie McFall. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

With just three wins from eight league games Portadown manager Ronnie McFall is not rushing for the panic button.

The Ports lie in sixth spot on 11 points, but the long-serving manager believes his side will climb up the table in the coming weeks.

“I’m not into looking too deeply into league tables at this stage of the season and I’m not too concerned of where we are because I believe we will soon begin to climb up the table,” said McFall.

“Our performances could be better, but we have had to deal with several of our key players missing. Once we get a settled team out things will begin to improve on the league position.”

McFall was unable to spend anything over the summer and it is most likely it will be the same when the window opens again in January.

“There’s no money. We will get on with it. We have a decent squad and I was pleased the way we played in the derby on Tuesday night. For 70 minutes we were the better team.

“Yes, we should have been able to see it out at 2-1 but the red card for Sean Mackle had a huge bearing on the result.

“They scored the equaliser from a free kick and Mackle would have been on Singleton for that and he would not have scored.

“The red card came following a challenge which was for a 50-50 ball in my opinion and those decisions can go either way.

“Overall I felt the referee had a decent game. You can try and analyse this decision and that decision but at the end of the day for me, the referee got all the big decisions right.

“Our performance was much better than the Dungannon game and we showed good attitude and desire. At 2-0 we were by far the better team but then they pulled a goal back through Bradley who is a handful, but had Mackle remained on the pitch I have no doubt we would have taken all thee points.”

The Ports now face Coleraine at Shamrock Park on Saturday and with only one win, over Warrenpoint on the opening day of the season, from the last five home games McFall is demanding a win.

“Coleraine have made a decent start to the season but we need to be winning our home games,” added the boss.

The game kicks-off at 3.00pm.