McGibbon set for crunch home test in battle to beat the drop

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

Portadown interim manager Pat McGibbon is backing the under-pressure players to produce a positive result tomorrow (Saturday) at Shamrock Park.

The Ports play host to Ballinamallard United aiming for victory to increase the gap between the clubs to seven points in the battle against relegation.

McGibbon remains in search of a first win since stepping into the caretaker role following Ronnie McFall’s resignation but considers progress across the past four performances as cause for optimism.

Success on Saturday would hand the Ports a significant boost entering the final home game of the season on April 16 against Dungannon Swifts before consecutive road trips to Carrick Rangers, Warrenpoint Town and Ballymena United.

“Safety is still in our hands but obviously everyone is aware of the need to get points on the board,” said McGibbon. “It is a crucial game given the league positions.

“We could have picked up a result in the recent match against Dungannon Swifts, but for one goal which I considered offside and a second which I felt featured a foul on our player.

“However, that is football and it always seems to come down to the fine margins when you are in the middle of a bad run.

“But we must take the positives out of the Dungannon performance and how everything was looking good for the first half and a small part of the second.

“The previous match, against Warrenpoint Town, also had positives and you can see us working towards that turning point.

“Ken Oman managed some light jogging this week but Ross Redman did not train and Philip Lowry is set to miss two weeks due to work commitments.

“It is about finding the right formula with the players available and getting the most out of everyone on the pitch.”