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Portadown aren't down yet: Robert Garrett

By Alex Mills

Midfielder Robert Garrett believes the great escape could still be on after Portadown pinched an unexpected point against Linfield at Windsor Park on Friday night.

Although Niall Currie's boys are marooned at the bottom of the Danske Premiership table, 11 points adrift of Carrick Rangers, Garrett insists his boys will not be waving the white flag.

In fact, only for a last-gasp equaliser from Blues substitute Josh Carson, who cancelled out Adam Foley's delicious strike nine minutes from time, it could have been better for the Ports.

"We have now set the bar and we must try to reach that standard every week," claims Garrett.

"You can't come to Windsor and produce a performance like that and then not turn up next week. That would be pointless. Yes, we face another massive test against Crusaders at home, but we have to prove this wasn't a one-off performance."

Even though the Ports were without several regulars, Garrett stressed the team had something to prove, adding: "We put in our worst performance of the season against Ards last week and we got a right rollicking for it - and rightly so. We all took it on board. I know the result wasn't in the script. I'm sure Linfield expected to take three points.

"I was at Linfield long enough to know that other teams raise their game against them. Coming to a stadium like Windsor Park, you are going to raise your game. We done that.

"We had a game plan and we executed it in the perfect manner. We frustrated them over the 90 minutes . . . our tactics were spot on. We were strong at the back and the boys in front of them were superb. Although we were difficult to break down, we hit them on the counter-attack, breaking with pace and we caused them a few problems," he said.

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