Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

McFall’s focus is on the Ports’ job

Portadown manager will ignore events at Stangmore Park tonight, even though it is the outcome of the Dungannon Swifts v Coleraine game that will dictate whether the Ports can move within touching distance of making the top-six split.

Friday night’s win over Coleraine means that a win for the Shamrock Park men against Institute will seal a top half finish if the Bannsiders beat the Swifts.

Even a Dungannon win would leave Coleraine needing to inflict a heavy defeat on the Ports when they meet again next Tuesday to condemn them to the lower reaches of the table for the final five games.

“It was an important win for us against Coleraine and a massive three points,” said McFall.

“We know that if we beat Institute then depending on the Dungannon v Coleraine game we can more or less secure our place in the top six, but we can only worry about our own match.

“That’s mainly because we know it will be difficult against Institute after they came and drew 0-0 with us earlier in the season.

“We’ll be concentrating on ourselves and if other results go our way then so be it, but we can’t influence that.”

After taking six games to register a win this season and taking maximum points only twice in their opening 13 outings, the Ports have won 12 out of 18 since then and only lost to Linfield and Cliftonville — who currently occupy the top two places in the league.

“We’ve got a bit of rhythm about our play and balance in the team, which we didn’t have earlier in the season and our football has been good too,” said McFall.

Meanwhile, Swifts boss Dixie Robinson has insisted his side will be going for all three points tonight.

“Anything other than a defeat puts us in the top six, but you can’t set your stall out to avoid losing,” he said.

“We just have to approach it like any other game, go for the win, and if we get a point from it I will be more than happy.”

A rejuvenated Lisburn Distillery side will be quietly confident of adding to Newry City’s owes at Ballyskeagh.

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