Belfast Telegraph

Garrett determined to achieve positive away day cheer

By Stuart McKinley

Robbie Garrett is demanding that Portadown banish their away-day blues if they are to be serious title challengers.

So far Ronnie McFall's men have blown away both Linfield and Crusaders at Shamrock Park – and were unfortunate not to collect a point in their other home game against Cliftonville.

In contrast their away form has been much less impressive. After turning in a poor performance in losing 3-2 to Ballymena United, they failed to break down Coleraine last Friday night and came away with a scoreless draw.

Now they head to The Oval this evening, with both the Ports and Glentoran in the bottom half of the Danske Bank Premiership after a handful of games – and that is something Garrett is determined to put right.

"It's been a stop-start season for us so far," admitted the former Linfield midfielder.

"We have looked really good at home, but I don't know what's gone wrong away from home.

"I think we got a bit of a wake-up call at Ballymena. It was a massive battle and we didn't stand up to it at all.

"A week later we played Crusaders and it was a similar type game, but we more than stood up to it and got the points.

"It won't be any different going to play Glentoran. Eddie Patterson has them playing well and battling and we are going to have to do the same if we are going to win the game.

"It's alright going out against Linfield and Crusaders and beating them – and we should have got something out of the Cliftonville game.

"It's the matches away to the likes of Ballymena and Coleraine where you need to pick up points if you are going to win the league and that's our target this season."

Garrett is known as a midfield battler, but he is keen to show that there is more to his game and Portadown's style is suiting him.

"I see a lot more teams trying to play football and getting the ball out from the back," said Garrett.

"I love getting the ball down and passing it more than anything and Ronnie wants us to do that – look after the ball and try to create chances that way.

"We have the players who can do that and I am enjoying myself at Portadown. I knew Ronnie was interested in me when he spoke to me in January. He made it clear to me that the club wants to push for trophies.Over the last couple of years they haven't challenged and that's something we want to change."

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