Ronnie McFall has expressed frustration at Portadown facing a fourth Friday night road trip.
A NIFL meeting on Monday confirmed the decision to maintain tonight’s (Friday’s) date for the Linfield game against Portadown at Windsor Park - despite concerns from both club camps.
A Linfield statement described the club as accepting the decision “with great disappointment” - a viewpoint backed up by the Ports boss.
“We would prefer a Saturday and, in my view, Friday nights do not really suit anyone,” said McFall. “The supporters want to relax after a working week rather than rushing home and out for a match.
“Certainly the players working hard all week would prefer the extra rest time before Saturday.
“I think it is a choice that should come down to the home club as only they can judge their own support.
“Linfield were obviously strongly against the decision.
“We have previously played three league games on a Friday night, away to Coleraine, Warrenpoint Town and Crusaders.”
The Ports head to Belfast aiming for a first league win at Windsor Park since 2002 but McFall is facing up to a striker reshuffle.
Gary Twigg’s red card against Cliftonville last weekend has placed the striker on the suspension list alongside Darren Murray. Mark McAllister limped off on Saturday with hamstring trouble and did not train on Monday night.
“We can only see how Mark is but, if required, will look into another option,” said McFall. “All we can do is keep on fighting for points over the remaining league games.
“We still sit third but obviously the gap has increased on the top two, although a win against Linfield would help our cause.
“European football is obviously still a priority.”
The following supporters’ club will be operating transport to Windsor Park tonight (Friday) for the 7.45 kick-off:
OFFICIAL TRAVEL CLUB: Leaving Shamrock Park at 6.30 and JD Tipler’s at 6.45.
EDEN REDS: Leaving Gary’s Bar at 6.45.
SHAMROCK REDS: Leaving West Street at 6.30 and Shamrock Park at 6.45.