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Michael Gault is aiming to point the way for Portadown

By Staff Reporter

Michael Gault has admitted his concerns about Portadown's early-season form.

The midfield ace isn't just going to sit idly by and hope that things change, however. He is going to do something about it.

And he believes that tonight's mid-Ulster derby clash with Glenavon is the perfect time to do just that.

The Ports started the season on fire with a fantastic win over Crusaders on the opening day and they followed that up with a home victory against Warrenpoint Town a few days later.

Any early momentum has long since died away and Saturday's 1-1 draw with Dungannon Swifts brought the Ports their first point in four games.

"Our form is frustrating, particularly as we started the season so well, but over the last few weeks we haven't been good enough," said Gault.

"It's hard to put your finger on exactly what the problems are, because this is the same group of players who got us off to the good start.

"The good thing is that we're not even out of September yet, so there is plenty of time to get points on the board.

"Things need to change very soon, we need to try to get ourselves on a run again and move up the table and there is no better way or time to do that than in a derby game.

"These are the games that the players want to play in and the fans come out for - and hopefully we'll all leave happy at the end."

Matches between the Ports and Glenavon have been dubbed the most entertaining in the Danske Bank Premiership as the last 10 meetings have delivered a massive 50 goals.

There has only been one draw in those contests - and even that was a 3-3 thriller.

There have been last-minute goals and red cards along the way too, but entertainment value isn't the top priority for Gault - it's three points that he wants the most.

"Hopefully it is an exciting game and one that the fans will enjoy - those are the ones that you enjoy being part of - but if it's a dull 1-0 win I'll enjoy that too," he said,

Ports boss Ronnie McFall was unable to bolster his squad during the summer transfer window, with finances dictating that his hands were tied after missing out on Europe.

That has meant dipping into a growing pool of young talent that has emerged at Shamrock Park in recent times, with a number of members of the 2014 Harry Cavan Youth Cup winning squad graduating to the first team.

Striker Marcio Soares has grabbed the attention with two recent goals - including the equaliser against Dungannon - and Gault is backing the youngster to make more of an impression as the season goes on.

"Marcio has been great, coming off the bench to score with his first touch at Larne in the League Cup and again against Dungannon," he said.

"I don't know how much of a chance he will get, as we are quite well off for strikers, but if we need someone I would definitely give him a go because he's got something."

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