Portadown boss Ronnie McFall believes it is “far too early” to be studying the lay of the Danske Bank Premiership table.
The Ports sit sixth after eight games this season – and a hefty 10 points adrift of leaders Linfield.
McFall’s men have managed just three wins from those eight outings, but showed glimpses of a return to form in their midweek derby draw with Glenavon.
Next up is Saturday’s visit of Coleraine – who sit fourth following an encouraging start to the season for Oran Kearney’s side.
“It is far too early to be looking at tables. I am not paying too much attention to where each team is sitting right now,” McFall said.
“We are only eight games into a 38-game season. It is still early days and the table hasn’t settled down yet.
“I am confident we will start moving in the right direction and climbing the table.
“We have been hit with injuries and suspensions during the early weeks of the season. Once we get a settled team then we will see an improvement.”
Portadown threw away a two-goal lead in Tuesday’s derby against Glenavon, but McFall was buoyed by the overall performance from his players.
“I thought we were the better team for most of the game,” he added.
“We should have held out for the win, but the sending off of Sean Mackle changed the game. If he hadn’t been sent off then I believe we would have gone on to claim the points.
“But we move on now to Coleraine on Saturday.”