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Portadown players are 'out on their feet' thanks to chaotic schedule, admits Matthew Tipton


Matthew Tipton

Matthew Tipton


Matthew Tipton

Portadown boss Matthew Tipton is concerned that the hectic run of games is starting to catch up with his players.

A chaotic schedule has seen most clubs play twice a week since the turn of the year and Tipton felt his side were visibly tired at the end of Tuesday night's win over Dungannon Swifts.

Four days later they must lift themselves for a big test against fifth-placed Cliftonville today.

"The boys are out on their feet. This is the first time I've said it, the first time I've seen it in terms of my players," Tipton said.

"Tuesday was the first time I really felt that the physical toll had shown, and that is probably because they put such an effort in on Saturday as well.

"We now have to rest and recover for Saturday, but with three points behind us, it is a hell of a lot easier to do."

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The Ports have won back-to-back games against Carrick Rangers and Dungannon.

In both matches, Tipton felt his side could have been more clinical in front of goal. Against the Swifts they wasted several good chances before Adam Salley's winner.

He admits that against Cliftonville chances will not be as plentiful and his players will need to take advantage when they do come.

"We will have to capitalise - if we get any opportunities on the counter-attack, we can't afford to waste them, like we've done in the last two games," Tipton added.

"It will be a different game on Saturday. We will probably be expected to play on the counter-attack, the boys will know that and it will be set up to play that way.

"We just have to take encouragement from the last couple of games and take it in to Saturday."

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