Michael Gault insists Portadown are just getting started in Danske Bank Premiership

Michael Gault is back and raring to go for Portadown
Michael Gault is back and raring to go for Portadown
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Michael Gault insists there is much more to come from Portadown this season.

The Shamrock Park men have enjoyed an encouraging start to the new Danske Bank Premiership campaign, winning three of their four opening fixtures.

The only blot on their copybook was a 1-0 defeat to Cliftonville, but an opening day win against champions Crusaders has been bolstered by victories against Warrenpoint Town and Ballinamallard United.

It leaves Ronnie McFall’s men third in the table, and just three points behind early leaders Linfield who they meet on Saturday at Windsor Park.

“It has been a decent start for us. We have had some tough fixtures but we have picked up nine points from 12,” Gault said.

“We would probably have taken that before a ball was kicked, and it is a decent platform to build on.

“Beating Crusaders at Seaview was a big boost for us, and we weathered a late storm against Warrenpoint to get the win. Also last week against Ballinamallard was a good result away from home.

“The only disappointment has been the Cliftonville result, but they are a quality team who will be up there fighting for the title.”

Gault was forced to watch the first three games from the sidelines after discovering that he had to serve a suspension carried over from last season.

The Ports were only notified of the ban two days before their opening fixture against Crusaders.

“It was a total mess,” Gault said.

“We asked the Irish FA and they said I wasn’t suspended, and then on the eve of the kick-off we were notified of a suspension.

“It wasn’t ideal but I had to just bide my time. It was frustrating having to sit the first three games out, but it was good to see the lads do so well.

“Thankfully I got 90 minutes under my belt against Ballinamallard and I felt fit and raring to go.

“That has set me up now for Saturday’s trip to Windsor Park.”

Gault is under no illusions as he prepares to return to Windsor.

The Blues sit top of the Premiership following a stellar start to the season.

Warren Feeney’s side have won all four games, scored 15 goals and conceded just two.

“On paper they are the team to beat at the minute,” Gault said.

“I have heard people say that they haven’t played anyone of note yet, but you can’t argue with their results.

“Maybe you would expect them to win those four fixtures. I know from my time there that you are expected to win every game – but you still have to go out and perform.

“So they deserve to be top of the table. They are in good form and will be confident. But so are we.”

Gault admits he was disappointed with how his Linfield career ended, but insists there is no ill-feeling towards his former employers.

“It didn’t end the way I wanted, but that is all in the past now,” the 32-year-old added.

“I am just concentrating on the future with Portadown.”