Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Sky Blues aiming to inflict pain on Portadown

Roy Walker admits he’s as mystified as the next man as to why Portadown find themselves precariously close to the foot of the table, but hopes their misery continues tomorrow afternoon.

Ronnie McFall’s men come to Warden Street just three points ahead of Donegal Celtic and up against a Ballymena United outfit whose win over the Hoops last weekend took them back up to fifth position.

“I think when you look at their team they have loads of experience, loads of physical attributes, and everyone is probably scratching their head at that one,” Walker commented.

“Mainly because of the character of their team, players who have done it before, vastly experienced midfielders, and Shane McCabe’s there now, and, of course, Kevin Braniff up front is as good as there is in the league.

“They’re ones that you’re certainly waiting on starting, but we just hope it’s not against us.”

Walker has his own issues to deal with. Firstly, he begins a three-match dug-out ban, secondly he will have to do without young midfielder Rory Carson for the foreseeable future, and finally his side’s poor home form.

They have only one win and three goals from five outings to date, and he wants more.

“When you look at our away record this season it’s very, very good,” he explained.

“We’ve gone to some tough away grounds, like Linfield, Glentoran, Portadown and Glenavon and come away with points, but we do need to make sure we turn things around at home.

“Getting a couple of ugly wins would suffice. It’s not our way to be ugly, but we need to be mindful of our circumstances and try and get a few points on board from our home games.”

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