Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Portadown let everyone down this year: Redman

Ross Redman says the time has come for Portadown players to stop letting the fans down this season.

The Shamrock Park side finished runner-up in the Premiership last year but a failure to make the top six this time round underlines their fall from grace.

Now they are closing in on their first Irish Cup success for eight years.

Redman, who was in the Ports team that lost the 2010 final to Linfield, is hungry to get his hands on some silverware and give the fans something to shout about. Their league campaign has been a frustrating adventure but a win over Glentoran in today's  semi-final at Windsor Park could be a ticket back to the big time.

"There's no getting away from the fact that the players have let the club, the manager and the fans down with our league performances this season," admitted Redman (right), who has been involved in virtually every fixture.

"After finishing runner-up in the league last year we have slumped to seventh position and only the players can put that right by winning matches and winning trophies.

"I'm one of the lads in the team who has been lucky enough to play in an Irish Cup final and even though Linfield beat us it does whet your appetite to get back there and try to win the trophy. It's a chance for the boys to make history.

"The desire and hunger is there among the players, yes it's been a very tough season for the club but I know we are capable of winning the Irish Cup and it would be the ideal lift for everyone here."

Portadown and Glentoran are old adversaries and the Windsor encounter should be feisty.

"It should be a tight, fiercely contested game – what you would expect with a place in the final as the prize," added Redman.

"Glentoran have had their problems off the pitch but the players have stood together and performed on it.

"They are a very good team but we have players who can hurt them."

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