Paul Doolin admits Portadown fans have a point as Newry City claim all three

Paul Doolin conceded Portadown’s return of just a single point this season isn’t good enough after they were ridiculed at the end of another loss.

ans booed players and some even called for the manager’s head after last night’s 3-1 defeat by Newry City left the Ports 10-game winless.

It’s understood the club aren’t considering sacking Doolin at this point and the manager has stated he’s still up for the fight, having guided the Ports to survival last season.

Former boss Niall Currie was seen at the end of the game going to Shamrock Park, but his presence was believed to be for reasons unrelated to the current manager’s position.

Had the hosts taken their chances they could easily have won the game but they scored just once through Alberto Balde and after Daniel Hughes quickly leveled from the penalty spot Newry later struck two more through James Teelan and Ciaran O’Connor for a remarkable comeback to complete.

“The opportunities we’re missing are criminal,” Doolin said.

“We scored a really good goal but the problem is that it’s not good enough – a point out of 30 isn’t good and that’s the bottom line.”

Acknowledging the fans’ sentiments, Doolin added: “Fans have the right to say what they want, but they have to remember that it’s difficult when you’re not able – and the club isn’t able – go out and get players.

“If you had told me at the beginning of the season that after 10 games we only had one point, I would have hoped that I would have been better.

“I still have the drive but it doesn’t matter what I think, only the club can make a decision, not me. It makes no difference. We’ll start again on Tuesday until something changes – not by me because I think we’re playing well but we’re losing games.

Both Oisin Conaty and Jordan Jenkins were sent through one-on-one before half-time, but Newry goalkeeper Steven Maguire made a good save for the former and then pushed the latter wide before firing wide.

Portadown finally ended one of his chances in the 48th minute when Balde batted home a classy first finish off the edge of the six-yard box after a fine delivery from Reece Jordan.

However, they could only hold the lead for two minutes.

There didn’t seem to be much in it when Hughes went down in the box but referee Tim Marshall felt it was enough for a penalty to be awarded and it was Hughes himself who found the bottom left corner of the net.

Newry manager Darren Mullen insisted his substitutions were a sign of his intention and after Teelan converted when Hughes played a low cross to put the visitors 2-1 ahead in the 88th minute, it was Ciaran O’Connor, who came off the bench to seal the win with a finish that came off either post before crossing the line in added time.

“You could see from the substitutions we made that we wanted to win the game,” Mullen said. “It wasn’t about coming here and settling for a draw, we wanted to get the three points.”

PORTADOWN: McKenna 6, Teggart 6 (McKeown, 61 mins, 5), Upton 6, McNally 7, Jordan 6, Donnellan 6, Russell 6, Mitchell 6 (Moore, 79 mins, 5), Balde 7 (Archer, 64 mins, 5), Conaty 6, Jenkins 6 (Rutkowski, 79 mins, 5). Unused subs: Barr, Tlou, Akiotu.

NEW: Maguire 7, Moan 5 (King, 5mins, 6), Martin 7, McGivern 7 N Healy 7, Omrore 7 (B Healy, 81min, 6), Teelan 7, Rocks 7 (Carville, 81min, 6th ), Lockhart 6 (O’Connor, 68 mins, 6), Forde 6, Hughes 8. Unused subs: Brady, Boudial, Scullion.

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvine Town) 7 Paul Doolin admits Portadown fans have a point as Newry City claim all three

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