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Spectre of relegation haunts Portadown: Currie

Portadown 0-3 Ards

By Stuart McKinley

Niall Currie declared that 'deep seated problems' are having a major impact on his ability to rescue Portadown from relegation.

He has, however, vowed to 'get it right' and is confident of getting the time needed to turn things around at the troubled Shamrock Park club.

Tasked with trying to pull off a mission impossible when he took over in early December, the uphill battle is even steeper now after the Ports slumped to a six successive league defeat.

The most concerning thing for Currie will be that they never really looked like getting anything out of the game, even before defender Ken Oman was sent off seven minutes before half-time.

It was 1-0 to Ards at that stage after Kyle Cherry's 22nd minute opener and Currie admitted that when Niall Henderson missed a golden opportunity to haul the Ports level from the penalty spot three minutes later he thought 'what more can go wrong?'.

More did go wrong when Ross Arthurs scored a second on 65 minutes before substitute Matthew Shevlin added the third in injury time.

It is likely to get worse for the Ports though with the gap to Carrick Rangers at the bottom of the table standing at 12 points as they stare Championship football in the face.

"There are deep seated problems here," said Currie.

"I think they have become accepted, but they won't be accepted by me and they shouldn't be by the board, the fans or anyone."

Even the addition of 10 signings during the transfer window hasn't lifted the Ports, with little or no time available for the new players to gel, plus injuries and the ban on signing pros all denying Currie the opportunity to do the job as he would like.

He is, however, determined that the problems of the past won't stop him from bringing a bright future to the club, no matter how big a task that might be.

"You can change mentalities, but can you change character? I don't know," said Currie.

"We've got to dig deep, but I'm excited about the future. I'll get it right and I'll get the time to get it right."

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