‘We’ve nothing to lose’ says Taylor

Stuart Millar who returned for Portstewart on Saturday. PIC: MARK JAMIESON
Stuart Millar who returned for Portstewart on Saturday. PIC: MARK JAMIESON

Portstewart boss Gary Taylor says his side will treat Saturday’s glamour Irish Cup tie with Portadown just like ‘any other game’.

The seasiders were defeated 1-0 at home on Saturday against Moyola, in what was a scrappy encounter.

Attentions now turn to the Irish Cup sixth round tie.

“We will have a full squad to pick from,” explained Gary.

“Stuart Millar and Luke Bradley have been out for about six weeks, and they both played without any problems on Saturday.

“Nigel Turner and Johnny Stewart are carrying injuries, but we are hopeful that they will be okay.”

Gary described Saturday’s tie as ‘the biggest game in the club’s history’.

“It’s certainly the Club’s biggest ever home game.

“Before we had the alterations to the ground we couldn’t have hosted games like this. It will certainly be the biggest crowd at the ground I am sure.”

So how do you prepare to take on a top flight team, according to the Ports boss his side’s preparations won’t change: “We will keep everything as normal, we will keep the same warm up and the same team talk before.

“My only worry is that on the day some of the younger boys may freeze.

“As a manager I am looking forward to it. As a player I always liked to test myself against the big teams, it’s good experience, however this time around I will have a wee bit more pressure on me as a manager, I can’t just think about my own game this time around.”

Myself and Aaron [Forgrave] will be telling the boys to go out and enjoy it.

“We have nothing to lose.

“We know that there is no pressure on us, we just don’t want to let ourselves down. We want to keep to our own game, we know we can perform well, we have already shown that with our good results this season. There is no point in trying to compete with a team like Portadown who are physical and have a very experienced squad to pick from, we will stick to our own game, and you never know.”