Ronnie McFall is reluctant to set any targets as far as Portadown’s Danske Bank Premiership ambitions are concerned this season.
The Ports sit second after eight games following an impressive start to the campaign.
They finished runners-up to Linfield two seasons ago before finishing disappointingly outside the top six last term.
This year the Ports appear to be genuine title challengers – not that boss McFall is giving anything away.
“We don’t set ourselves any targets. Last season was disappointing but we are a different team this year,” he said.
“The likes of last week’s game at Crusaders. Last season we would have got tanked four or five-nil.
“This season we have plenty of spirit and belief.
“Emmett Friars coming in has helped. There is real leadership at the back.
“Young McMahon coming in is also a positive too. So we are more than happy where we are in the league.
“We haven’t changed much since last season. We just have more hunger about us and we have a winning mentality.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s game with Glentoran at Shamrock Park, McFall added: “Glentoran will be another hard game. We have no easy games.
“You just take each one as it comes.”