Lisburn Distillery 2 Portadown 0: Lisburn Distillery boss Tommy Wright got what he wanted in this win over Portadown; a full 90 minute display and the added bonus of his side going second in the table.
“We said before the game that we haven’t really had a ninety minute performance so we were looking to stamp a bit of authority and control on the game and we did that through really closing them down, working hard against them” said Wright.
“We know that we have good players and we know that we can play — some of the passing and movement was excellent.”
Wright is blending experience and youth together well, with youngsters like Mark Patton and Scott Davidson now establishing themselves but he’s not getting too excited at second spot, adding: “I'm pleased but I am not going too get carried away.
“If you get on a run you can achieve a lot in this league I think and we are on a good run. If you take into account our run last year that’s eighteen games with only two defeats — Linfield and Glentoran — so we are doing something right.
“We have to keep doing it right, keep our feet on the ground but we are also aware that three or four defeats and you are looking at eighth or ninth in this table.
“We will give young players an opportunity, we have loads of young players who will come in but the experienced ones have done well today; the two centre-halves got a roasting from me on Tuesday and they have bounced back brilliantly.”
Two goals either side of the break — a Glenn Ferguson header on 41 minutes and a Gary Browne penalty six minutes later, saw the home side collect three deserved points.
The visitors created few opportunities and with Tim Mouncey already out injured Portadown then suffered a further loss of the influential Kevin Braniff in the warm-up.
Whilst Ports boss Ronnie McFall missed both players he explained quite simply why his side lost.
“It was a poor match, we lost two very poor goals” said McFall.
“I thought we were very poor all over the park. We gave them too much time and space on the ball; the team had a lot of possession but never really threatened. We lay off them too much, our midfield players were playing five yard passes off our two centre–backs instead of getting up and closing the game.
“When we got into wide areas we told them to get the ball in early and they didn’t. The build-up was too slow and they got men behind the ball.”