Matthew Tipton’s latest interview highlights ‘more questions than answers’ for Ports

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It left Portadown suffering a 14th defeat in 23 matches across the Premiership program and, perhaps most damningly, the third of the campaign against a Dungannon side seen as pre-season rivals in the relegation battle but now nine points ahead.

“Across the board we were disappointing,” Tipton said. “I don’t think anyone can raise their hand and say that he performed, not only at his peak, but also close to his ability.

“We looked like we were out of confidence, out of conviction and out of ideas.

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Portadown manager Matthew Tipton. Photo by Pacemaker.

“There were occasions when we had the ball and we just panicked and it looked like that from the first minute.

“We conceded a sloppy goal from a free kick when two people didn’t do their job.

“Jethren (Barr) got us out of the quagmire twice with two great saves and we were always on our heels.

“And I thought that summed us up all day…we played on our heels.

“We were reactive instead of anticipating, you have to be front and center and I think Dungannon did that better than us all day.

“They were on their toes with everything they did – be it a pass, a move, a supporting play.

“They looked like they were full of energy and we looked like we were hanging on to a grim death from 10 minutes on.

“If you play on the back foot all the time mistakes will happen and that wasn’t the game plan or the way we set them up today, we want them to come forward and play on the front foot.

“We were blocked by their game, but we could have triggered it by doing what we wanted to do, but we just didn’t.

“There are more questions than answers now – against a team close to us today we didn’t raise our game but you shouldn’t have to raise your game, you should have a level of performance.

“But we don’t have that, it’s too high and low everywhere and that’s why we are where we are.

“Everything was hopeful, even when Jamal (Dupree) got in a shot that the keeper parried, you could see only Stephen Teggart was following it and we don’t have anyone else for the reduction.

“It’s a lack of desire or a lack of belief that we’re actually going to score…it’s just a case where we could score.

“You always have to get into the box or put the ball there and we haven’t done that enough.

“We had two shots on target today, one in the first half and then Oisin Conaty’s goal.

“We’re not creating either, which is a problem, it’s not like we miss a lot of chances.

“We try to have more creative players in the team and the squad.”

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