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Ports have now turned the corner, roars Gault

By Robert Jones

Michael Gault has declared that Portadown are back - and that doing the double over Belfast's Big Two proves it. Just over a fortnight after they beat Linfield, the Ports won 5-3 against Glentoran last night in a thrilling contest.

The Shamrock Park men's upturn in form is in contrast to a month ago, when they suffered four successive league defeats and a League Cup exit at the hands of Warrenpoint Town, sparking calls from some fans for long-serving manager Ronnie McFall to go after 29 years in charge.

Now they are unbeaten in four games and the feelgood factor is back just in time for Christmas.

"We've turned the corner," said former Linfield midfielder Gault.

"Taking six points off the Big Two is a big statement from us and nobody would have seen that coming six weeks ago.

"We've worked harder in training and been working better as a team and we are getting the rewards for that.

"We realised that we just weren't working well enough together and the manager was getting the blame when it was the players who weren't performing."

Gault dedicated the victory over the Glens, who had won their last two games, to the fans.

"It was an exciting game for the supporters and it's time that we gave them something back," he said.

"We've been involved in a few high-scoring games and hopefully that will bring the fans back."

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