RONNIE McFall accepts Portadown need to cut out their defensive errors if they are to stand any chance of reviving their season.
The Ports have stumbled their way through eight Danske Bank Premiership fixtures – picking up just one win from eight.
Tonight Crusaders travel to Shamrock Park in an intriguing clash between two of last season’s heavyweights.
And for McFall, simple errors have to be eradicated.
“Individual mistakes have cost us this season, there is no doubt about that,” McFall said.
“But at the same time I am confident we can turn things around. We just need a win under our belts and then we can build on that.
“We haven’t been getting the rub of the green either, so maybe our luck will change.
“I think confidence levels are a little bit down at present. The ability is definitely there – that is beyond dispute.
“We just need to get back to winning ways and take things from there.”
Portadown will be without experienced trio Keith O’Hara, Neil McCafferty and Tim Mouncey for tonight’s game.
McFall admits the injection of youth can take time to settle.
“We have a youthful squad, and during a rough patch like this it can take them time to adjust.
“But the talent is there and if they go out and express themselves then I am confident the results will follow.
“I have faith in the players but we need to get back to winning ways. A win on Friday night could spur us on so that is the plan.”