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Currie believes fans are vital to Ports whatever the future holds

Portadown 1 Ballinamallard United 0

By Stuart McKinley

Niall Currie has spelt out his confidence that Portadown will come back stronger with the fans behind them.

The Ports have at least given themselves a chance of pulling off a dramatic escape from relegation by winning their last two games at home to Carrick Rangers and Ballinamallard United, but they now need to win away to Ards, Glentoran and Dungannon Swifts and hope that Carrick lose their final three fixtures if they are to stay up.

After Ross Larkin's goal gave them victory over the Mallards on Friday night, the Shamrock Park fans reciprocated the standing ovation given to them by the players and that gesture has given Currie hope for the future - even if that means having to fight for promotion back to the Premiership in the short term.

"When you see the crowd out there, it's amazing, especially with the situation the club is in at the minute," said Currie.

"We have a wonderful club, it's going to be a journey back, but we will do that journey, there is no problem with that and with that kind of backing.

"Everybody's on board now and pulling together at the same time and I think we'll only go from strength to strength."

Last week's win over Carrick was the Ports' first in the league since Currie's first home match back in mid-December.

They have fallen flat in games that mattered the most, but the smiles have returned and hope has been renewed thanks to improved performances and much more vigour in the team.

"It's been very frustrating," said Currie.

"But last Saturday was a real catalyst for the squad, to get a win and then it was all about 'can we do back-to-backs?'

"I am very proud of them, they deserve all the credit they get and to get that send off from the supporters tells its own story really."

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