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Coleraine 1 Portadown 3

Coleraine striker Leon Knight admits he got it wrong on Saturday.



In his eagerness to help David Platt's stuttering Bannsiders, the Londoner agreed to start the home game against Portadown but only succeeded in aggravating a hamstring injury.

“I shouldn't have played. It was a mistake,” confessed the forlorn forward who now faces at least another two weeks on the sidelines.

“Knight, scorer of five goals in three appearances up until he picked up the strain against Glentoran, was anxious to get back in action as Coleraine looked to end a seven-year wait for a home success against the Ports.

He said: “I've only myself to blame. I made the decision but I knew very quickly that it was the wrong one.

“I didn't really contribute so I didn't do myself or the team justice.”

Knight admits that he will now have to play a game of patience.

“I have got to rest it. I realise I can't play through the injury. I need proper treatment to be sure I am 100 per cent when I do get back.”

Meanwhile, Ports boss Ronnie McFall has asked for a repeat performance when his side takes on Cliftonville in a rearranged Carling Premiership game at Shamrock Park tomorrow night.

He said: “We displayed a great attitude and a high level of commitment against Coleraine. We were sharp and played some quality football.”

Darren Boyce scored the opening goal on Saturday — his ninth of the season — heading home from close range after David Ogilby flicked on a Gareth Harkin corner with 19 minutes gone.

Wesley Boyle replied on the half hour, steering home a Kevin Braniff cross after an error by goalkeeper Davy O’Hare and Sean Mackle hoovered up the second after O'Hare spilled a Braniff shot just before the break.

Ports midfielder Richard Clarke hammered in the third before Braniff sent a late penalty attempt wide of the mark, while Coleraine's Johnny Watt received a straight red card for a tackle on defender Ross Redman.

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