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There'll be no old pals' act as Currie aims to down his former side Ards

By Alex Mills

Portadown boss Niall Currie admits sentiment will be in short supply when Ards leave a calling card at Shamrock Park tomorrow.

Currie will eyeball his former employers for the first time since leaving to take over the reins at his hometown club.

With games rapidly running out, the Ports' Danske Bank Premiership status is now hanging by a thread as they remain a whopping 12 points adrift of 11th-placed Carrick Rangers.

And although Ards, now managed by former Glentoran favourite Colin Nixon, hold a healthy 21-point advantage over the basement boys, they have been partly dragged into relegation territory.

"I had a wonderful time at Ards. I made many friends there," conceded Currie. "The club will always have a special place in my heart. But we are in the business of winning - and that's what I'll be trying to do.

"Since I've taken over at Portadown, I've never had the luxury of leaving anyone out of the squad. We have been down to the bare bones most of the time.

"We have had so much chopping and changing, it's been unbelievable. Our back four has been different for practically every game. There has been no competition for places. I've been attempting to slot square pegs into round holes, so it's hardly surprising we haven't managed to reduce the gap in the table."

Currie, however, is hoping to change the trend with his ex-pals now in the firing line.

"We have to start putting points on the board," he added. "At the outset, I thought if we could cut the deficit to five or six points by the split, it would give us a chance.

"We need our senior professionals on the pitch for this battle."

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