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Portadown must realise that they're in a dog fight, says Pat McGibbon after loss

Warrenpoint Town 2 - Portadown 0

By Gareth McCullough

Portadown interim manager Pat McGibbon feels his players need to realise the position the club is in after their 2-0 defeat at Warrenpoint Town on Saturday.

Goals from Conor McDonald and Stephen Murray kept the hosts' survival bid alive, leaving McGibbon to moan: "Individual performances like that, work rate and effort, to me, those should be a given. Warrenpoint had it in abundance and we didn't."

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With Portadown's appeal against the disrepute charge brought against them by the IFA to be heard tomorrow, McGibbon wants his players to concentrate on matters on the field.

"This week, we understand the importance of the on-field activities so we have to prepare properly on Tuesday and Thursday. But I've said it before and I'll say it again, in that changing room there are a lot of experienced players and if you bring that out of them and they show the battling qualities that we haven't shown often enough, then it's in our own hands," he said.

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