Ronnie McFall hopes the glitz and glamour of the Sky Sports cameras won’t derail Portadown’s quest for three points in Monday night’s Mid-Ulster derby.
The Ports will look to cut Linfield’s lead at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership to just one point with victory over Glenavon at Shamrock Park (7.45pm).
It is the second game of the Irish League season to be screened by Sky Sports, adding some intrigue to what is already a mouthwatering clash.
Portadown have enjoyed an impressive start to the season, with Glenavon also earning rave reviews for their displays during the opening 10 games of the campaign.
It all points to a thriller of a derby at Shamrock Park, but McFall insists his only target is victory.
“It is great having Sky Sports coming to Shamrock Park. It is a great boost for the local game,” he said.
“But we can’t become distracted by everything going on around us. This is a massive derby between two sides who have started the season well.
“We just want to make sure we pick up three points at home and keep up the pressure on the top spots.”
Portadown recovered from two goals down to claim a spirited 2-2 draw against Warrenpoint Town last week.
They followed that up with a convincing 6-0 League Cup win over Lisburn Distillery in midweek.
“We didn’t get started against Warrenpoint, but to come from two goals down to get a draw is a positive - it could be a big point come the end of the season,” McFall added.
“It was good to get back to winning ways in midweek and score six unanswered goals.”
Meanwhile, Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton hopes his players can impress on the big stage tonight.
“I know playing in front of the Sky cameras will play on some players’ minds. I just hope they can deal with it,” he said.
“We can’t let the occasion get to us, and we have to play our own game.
“This can be different to a normal Saturday game, so that is something we have to be aware of.
“But the players should look at this as a great shop window, and just go out and enjoy it.”