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Portadown's Miskelly keeping the big guns in his sights

DAVID Miskelly is happy if Portadown are considered to be out of the Premiership title race.

Inside the Shamrock Park dressing room, however, the players have a quiet determination to take advantage of any slip ups by the teams ahead of them in the fight for the Gibson Cup.

The Ports are the form team in the Danske Bank Premiership at present, with an unbeaten record since Boxing Day, including wins in each of their last four games.

That has put them eight points behind leaders Cliftonville, but with 10 games to go and the top six all due to meet each other in the final stages of the campaign, the Ports can't be ruled out of contention.

"I like what we are doing at the minute. We are ticking along, putting a few results together and nobody is taking too much notice of us," said Miskelly.

"It is disappointing to be out of the Irish Cup, but hopefully we can use that to drive us on for the rest of the season.

"We are within touching distance of the teams above and they have been taking points off each other which keeps us in the frame."

Europa League qualification is the least that the Ports expect and they may need to finish third to achieve that.

"A club like Portadown should be in Europe every year and that's our aim," said Miskelly.

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