Ronnie McFall is demanding that his team starts to show some consistency if they are to emerge as realistic challengers for the Carling Premiership title.
Half a dozen games into their campaign the Ports are 12 points off the lead, having lost half of their games.
The Shamrock Park men have been dogged by an inability to win back-to-back games and unless that changes quickly then another season on the fringes of the title race looms.
“We need to put a few results together to lift us up the table,” said McFall.
“We’ve had a slow start, we’ve been inconsistent and to say we were poor against Lisburn Distillery in our last league game would be an understatement.
“We’ve brought new players in, like Chris Ramsey, Neil McCafferty and Shane McCabe and there has definitely been a settling in period for them.
“We need to get past that now and keep going from our win against Knockbreda last Saturday.”
The Ports’ task this evening won’t be made any easier by the fact that their former skipper John Convery will line up against them in the Newry City defence.
He was released in the summer and will return to Shamrock Park hoping to have the same impact as Gary McCutcheon — who netted for Ballymena United in a 3-1 win last month.