Clarke able to fire Portadown up the table
Richard Clarke is demanding that Portadown get back to winning ways — and he doesn’t care how they do it.
The Shamrock Park midfielder has grown increasingly frustrated over the last few weeks as the Ports have drawn five times in their last seven games.
He believes that the last two performances have set the standard that Ronnie McFall’s men must live up to this season in order to make their mark on their return to the top flight.
And now the 30-year-old wants wins to follow — starting tomorrow away to Ballymena United.
“We’re nine games into the season now and we can’t make anymore excuses about us taking time to get used to being in the Premiership,” said Clarke.
“Yes, it has been a tough start to the season for us and we haven’t had a settled side because of injuries and suspensions, but a lot of teams are the same.
“We’ve been playing well enough, but we just have to go that bit further and turn the draws into wins.
“We could have won the match against Linfield last Saturday. We battled hard, created chances and although they had chances too it looked like we were going to hold on until they scored late on.
“We showed a different side to our game, real character, when we fought back twice against Cliftonville on Tuesday night.
“I am sure when they went 2-1 up going into injury time they thought they would go on to win it, but we dug in and showed what we can do.
“If we can keep performing like that then I don’t see us having too many problems, but we need to start picking up wins now.”
Only struggling Lisburn Distillery have fewer points than the Ports, so it is becoming vital that they do start to put a run together or the possibility of a shock return to the Championship could be a real possibility.