Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Cliftonville have score to settle with Portadown

Eamonn Seydak insists Cliftonville will be out to set the record straight when they face Portadown in tomorrow's Carling Premiership fixture at Solitude.

The Reds have come away empty-handed from both of their previous meetings with the Ports this season and Seydak is determined to ensure it'll be third time lucky this weekend.

“We were pretty poor when we played them at Solitude a few months ago and deserved to lose, but felt we were unlucky to get beat at Shamrock Park last time,” explained the former Institute defender.

“We did well in the first-half and went 1-0 up but didn't really do ourselves justice after the break. I know Portadown were a wee bit fortunate with the goals they scored, but we still weren't happy with how we had played.

“You don't like losing to anybody but, when you've been beaten twice by the same team, it niggles at you a wee bit and you want to put it right — but we know it'll be difficult because Portadown are a very good team.

“They've been on a great wee run over the last number of months and their January signings have given them a real lift, so it's not like we can just expect to beat them because it's our turn.”

Tomorrow brings Cliftonville's penultimate home game ahead of the Premiership's two-way split but, even with a potential return to Europe looming on the horizon, Seydak insists Eddie Patterson's men aren't looking too far ahead of themselves.

“Our plan has always been to just pick up as many points as we can in those first 33 games and then see where that takes us,” he added. “We know we'll be finishing in the top six and now we just want to focus on winning the next game.”

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