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‘I don’t care’: Portadown boss Matthew Tipton paying no heed to relegation talk ahead of Dungannon Swifts tie

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Springboard: Matthew Tipton feels a win could ignite his Portadown side. Credit: David Maginnis

Springboard: Matthew Tipton feels a win could ignite his Portadown side. Credit: David Maginnis

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Springboard: Matthew Tipton feels a win could ignite his Portadown side. Credit: David Maginnis

Portadown manager Matthew Tipton believes victory at home to Dungannon Swifts today could kick start his side’s season.

Always honest in his assessments Tipton admits that an away win at Shamrock Park for Dean Shiels’ side could have the same impact for them.

Dungannon are bottom of the table with zero points from three league games having conceded 11 goals while the Ports are just above them on one point from five fixtures.

It is early in the campaign but already there is a sense that this is a vital game in the battle at the basement of the Danske Bank Premiership.

“We have seen Dungannon’s style of play and it is really good and I’m sure Dean is thinking it will only take one win to kick start them and I know we are thinking the same,” said Tipton.

“We have to think that this is what we have and this is what we do and is that better than what they do? It’s like boxing. Styles make fights and the way both teams set up this could be a good match.”

Portadown supporters were disappointed to leave Carrick with a 1-0 defeat last weekend with a Mark Surgenor penalty proving decisive in a match where Tipton’s men missed several opportunities.

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“Against Carrick it was a 50/50 game. We had better chances and they scored their penalty and we didn’t score the better chances we created. It was disappointing to lose but the mood in our camp isn’t down at all,” says Tipton.

“We have played well at times this season especially against Linfield and Larne when we lost both games 3-2. It is early in the season and yes we should have had more points than we do at the moment but sometimes you don’t always get what you deserve.”

Last season Tipton inspired his young side to finish an impressive ninth in the Premiership. In some quarters this time around, with teams around him making high profile signings, they have been tipped for relegation.

The response? “I don’t care. It doesn’t bother me what people say. I’m paid to manage this football club and that’s what I’ll do regardless of how anyone thinks we will do.

“My aim is simple, to finish as high as we can.”


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