Ronnie McFall was left counting the cost both on and off the field following his side’s 2-2 draw at Coleraine.
Not only did the Ports twice let a lead slip at The Showgrounds, but they also lost three players to injury.
Sean Mackle, Chris Casement and Ross Redman had all left the action by the hour mark forcing Darren Murray to soldier on even though he was quite clearly struggling with an injury.
The visitors held on for a point in the end in a game which they could have had wrapped up by half time. McFall though will be concerned about the state of his squad as they face Ards next week still looking for that first win.
“We’ll see what way the injuries are once we meet on Monday night,” said the Portadown boss after the game.
“I think the pitch contributed to three injuries today - our two full backs and their right winger.
“I think the grass was too long. When the three injuries occurred no-one was near the players.”
McFall was especially concerned with Redman who seemed in a lot of distress.
“There’s a lot of swelling around the knee,” revealed McFall.
“We are going to have to wait until the swelling goes down before we can make a proper judgement on the extent of the injury.”
McFall’s mood would have been worse though if his side had come away with nothing to show for their efforts following a commanding first 45 minutes.
Gary Twigg’s opener was all they had to show for their efforts before a trademark Kevin Braniff free kick put them back in front following Stephen Lowry’s equaliser.
But Gareth Tommons pulled the Bannsiders level again as the hosts began to exert their dominance.
McFall’s opposite number Oran Kearney felt his side could have taken more out of the game after another strong final flourish.
“When you go behind in any game you’re always happy coming out of it with something to show for it,” said the Bannsiders boss.
“But just like last week as they game went on we got stronger and we probably did enough to win it in those closing stages.
“Unfortunately we just couldn’t find the winner which is disappointing, but in the same stretch we’ve had a tough start away to the Glens and home to Portadown so to come though those two game unbeaten is pleasing for me.
“It’s nice to see the side has a bit of character to fight back twice from a goal down. But it’s not the sort of habit you want to be forming week in, week out, but there is a wee bit more mental strength there which we have built up over the last couple of years.”