Ronnie McFall is targeting a silver lining, with relegation fears all but lifted at Shamrock Park.
The Portadown manager saw his team struggle for consistency in the latter part of 2010, but they have lost just once so far in 2011, winning the rest of their matches.
And McFall is setting his sights high, with a return to the Irish Cup final — when the Ports lost 2-1 to Linfield last season — high on his agenda.
First of all, however, he will have to successfully negotiate a sixth round tie with H&W Welders, who fancy their chances of pulling off a shock — particularly as they have home advantage at Tillysburn this afternoon.
“We’re already in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final and we’ve broken into the top six in the league. Staying there and going on a good run in the Irish Cup has to be our objective,” said McFall.
“We’ve strengthened in every area and the players we have brought in have given us a lift.
“It’s one game at a time for us, but at this stage of the Irish Cup everyone wants to try to get to the final.”
Meanwhile McFall is still awaiting confirmation of the Ports’ opponents in their Setanta Sports Cup first round tie on Monday week.
Bohemians manager Pat Fenlon said last week that he didn’t think the club would be able to field a team, but the Dubliners remain in the competition.
“Nobody has contacted us to say that we’re not playing Bohemians, so we just have to try to prepare as if we’re playing Bohs,” said McFall.