Ronnie McFall insists Portadown won’t be getting carried away with their stellar start to the season.
The Ports kicked-off their Danske Bank Premiership campaign with a resounding 3-0 win over Linfield at the weekend.
Two goals from Gary Twigg and an own goal from Sean Ward inflicted a short sharp shock on new Blues boss Warren Feeney.
One game down and Portadown sit at the top of the Premiership table, a position they would like to occupy next May as they target a first title since 2002.
But for McFall, it is “far too early” to be making any rash predictions.
“It’s too early to state targets or predict anything in this league,” the experienced Ports boss said.
“People will talk clubs up, but I know from experience that the title race doesn’t really take shape until the New Year.
“As long as we are up there come December or January, I will be satisfied. That is our only aim at this stage of the campaign.
“If you are up there come Christmas or the New Year, you are in with a chance. We want to be up round there.
“It was always important to get off to a good start and we have done that, but there is a long way to go.”
Next up for the Ports is a showdown with champions Cliftonville at Shamrock Park on Wednesday.
The Reds – who drew with Glentoran in Saturday’s curtain-raiser – bolstered their ranks with the acquisition of Coleraine striker David McDaid on Monday.
“It’s another tough test for us. They are the champions so we’re under no illusions,” McFall added.
“We’ve been handed a tough start with games against Linfield and Cliftonville, before going to Ballymena on Saturday.
“It’s a hard schedule, but it’s a challenge we will relish.
“We want to back up Saturday’s result and performance, but we know it will be tough against the champions.”
Portadown are still missing Emmett Friars, Michael Gault, Darren Murray, Chris Ramsey and Garry Breen who remain suspended.
Cliftonville are without Jamie McGovern who was sent off in Saturday’s draw with Glentoran.