Matthew Tipton believes that Portadown's three seasons in the Championship has set the club back five years, but the Shamrock Park boss is confident that they are just one big win away from being the team that he wants them to be.
And he wants that win to come against Glentoran this afternoon.
The Ports have shown flashes of what they are capable of against the top teams, particularly on Tuesday night when they were just 12 minutes away from beating Crusaders before conceding twice in as many minutes.
They have, however, collected just five points from 17 matches against the teams in the top seven of the Danske Bank Premiership and their four wins this season consist of two each against Dungannon Swifts and Glenavon.
Now Tipton has the big boys in his sights.
"I don't think we are that far away, but we're not getting the wins and you don't get anything for a well done," said Tipton.
"I don't want the players to be deflated and thinking that they are doing the right things and still not winning. That's not fair on them because it will work.
"We have to also appreciate that we're a newly-promoted team, but because we are Portadown people expect us to be competing with the teams in the top six.
"We have to realise that is going to take us time. I would say that the three years out of the league has probably put us back five or six years because of how the league has moved on so quickly.
"That's brilliant, I want the league to move on. I'm not complaining, I want to make the best of what we can do.
"As the season has gone on we have got better, there is no doubt about that. The problem is that everyone else is getting better as well.
"We just need that win against one of the bigger teams - and it'll come because I think we are doing the right things.
"I felt that Crusaders were there for the taking. I wouldn't say we're the better team but I felt we were on a par with them."
The Ports lost narrowly 2-1 on their last trip to The Oval and were then beaten 3-1 by the Glens at Shamrock Park when playing the second half with 10 men.
Those results show how much it has been a case of so near yet so far away for the Ports.
"I think they (Glens) are a super team," said Tipton. "Their front three is as good as there is. We'll just do what we do."