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We'll have to fight our way out of this slump: Gault

By David Mason

Michael Gault insists Portadown's season is in danger of fizzling out - even at this early stage.

Ronnie McFall's boys have flattered to deceive in their opening nine Danske Premiership outings that have heralded a paltry total of 11 points.

The latest catastrophe arrived only last week when the Ports were hit by a last minute winner from Sammy Morrow, which pocketed all three points for Coleraine.

It was Portadown's fourth defeat of the campaign.

They'll attempt to get back on track against Carrick Rangers at the Loughshore Hotel Arena today, but Gault knows it won't be easy.

"League tables don't lie," says former the Linfield man. "We have got to turn things around - and be quick about it.

"To be honest, I really don't know where we are going wrong. I'm now sick of saying it, but our starting 11 is as good as there is in the league.

"But it just hasn't happened for us this season. Perhaps, we should go back to the basics. We maybe think we are better than we are.

"You get nothing in this game if you don't work for it. You can point the finger at a number of things. We are leaking too many goals, too many soft goals.

"And, we are not putting away the chances at the other end. But it's a collective problem. We go out as a team, so we should play as a team and that's just not happening.

"The boss had a go at the players last week and rightly so. We train hard all week, but once we go over the white line on Saturday, it's up to us to produce the goods."

Gault, who dined at the table of success during his days at Windsor Park, insists there will be no hiding place against a Carrick side that consumed a hammering against title holders Crusaders at Seaview last weekend.

"It won't be easy," he added. "Their players will be hurting and wanting to prove something. They'll probably look at us as being vulnerable due to our poor run. We have to start taking our eyes off the league table and start focusing on getting three points from every game. We must stop the rot, first and foremost. Our position in the table will look after itself."

Defender Chris Castment and Sean Mackle both return to the Ports' squad but Ken Oman is a doubt.

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