Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Time for senior Portadown players to stand up: McFall

Ronnie McFall wants wins — and he wants them quickly.

His Portadown side have won just twice in 13 league games so far this season and that’s nowhere near enough to satisfy the manager.

And he is demanding that his big name players step up to the mark and lift the Ports up the Carling Premiership table.

With Glenavon visiting Shamrock Park for a mid-Ulster derby tomorrow, that would be the perfect time to start a winning run.

“We need points and that’s the bottom line,” said McFall.

“It’s time to start putting results together and so far too many of our senior players haven’t turned up.

“There have been times when we have played well and we haven’t had that much of a problem scoring goals — particularly at home — but too many times we have shot ourselves in the foot and it’s cost us dear.”

It looked like the Ports were getting back on track when they hammered Coleraine 4-0 three weeks ago, but since that success they have lost 2-1 to Crusaders and then went down 1-0 to Glentoran at the Oval last weekend.

And that means McFall would be happier if there was a more steady flow of goals.

“It’s good to score a few goals in one game, but I would rather we’d score one or two consistently in each match because it’s been shown in most of our games that one or two would be enough for us to win them,” he said.

“When we get chances we have to take them — that’s what the game is all about.”

McFall will attempt to knock Glenavon off their lofty perch — currently Marty Quinn’s side are second in the league — without two of his most important players.

Wesley Boyle completes an additional two-match suspension which followed on from his sending-off at Ballymena last month and Kevin Braniff joins him on the sidelines after seeing red against Glentoran last Saturday.

It’s a situation that has McFall in a rage and he wants to see remedied.

“Boyle and Braniff are two big players for us to have out and it is a big blow not having them in the team,” said McFall.

“We had a talk about it at training on Tuesday night and the players have been told that we have to stop picking up red and yellow cards needlessly because before long it results in suspensions.”

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