Portadown manager Ronnie McFall is calling on the players to push on from Tuesday’s hard-earned defeat of Crusaders.
A single-goal success kept the Ports in the hunt for European qualification alongside Cliftonville and Glenavon ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) visit to Glentoran.
“It was not a great game against Crusaders but we showed the character required,” said McFall. “We had to show our fighting qualities and that result has definitely put us right back in the race for Europe.
“Defeat would not have completely knocked us out of contention but certainly made it more difficult.
“Plus, with Crusaders and Linfield in need of points in the title race, that could help when they play other sides competing with us for that third European position.
“We need to use that win against Crusaders to regroup and build some momentum leading up to the Irish Cup final.
“It is important to carry good form into such a big game and momentum can also boost confidence.”
Robert Garrett will return from suspension this weekend.
“We still have Michael Gault, Mark McAllister, David Miskelly, Garry Breen and Chris Ramsey suffering from knocks,” said McFall. “Ross Redman had to get a cortisone injection this week on his heel and Chris Casement is scheduled for one on his ankle.
“One major plus against Crusaders was Jordan Lyttle’s form and he certainly showed he could cope with the physical demands of that position.
“He will continue to learn and take on board advice from the experienced players around him.”
Kick-off will be 3 o’clock at The Oval.