Ballinamallard head into this Saturday’s game against Portadown looking for three points after a disappointing defeat to Institute last time out.
Mallards’ manager Whitey Anderson has decisions to make ahead of the game when it comes to what formation to use and whether or not to stick to the midfield diamond he’s being using the last couple of weeks.
Ballinamallard have no new injury concerns ahead of the game and Anderson will be the boosted by the fact injured duo Jake Dykes and Jason McCarthy came through a reserve game during the week and are in contention to start this Saturday’s game.
Anderson will be hoping that Portadown don’t punish them like they did last season thrashing the Mallards 11-0.
Speaking about the game Anderson said,
“We were a bit shell shocked, simply because we dominated for 45 minutes. I told the boys not to get too complacent, but we shot ourselves in the foot by conceding an early goal from a set play situation, which was extremely disappointing. We showed no commitment, we didn’t press the ball, we just seemed to lose the hunger and I asked the players afterwards to explain it. I’m still waiting for answers.”
Portadown will be hoping for three points to strengthen their grip on top spot of the Danske Premiership. Manager Wily McFall has already warned his side against complacency. Speaking ahead of the game McFall said,
“They’re a big strong side coming off the back of a poor home performance so they’ll be hurting. But we must concentrate on what we have to do to win the game. The team is gelling really well. I thought we were outstanding against Glenavon. We played with great pace and tempo, they couldn’t live with us.”
Kick off is at 3pm.
Aaron Cawley, Pundit Arena.