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Timbers’ boss slams second half performance in the Derby

Caleb Porter was not a happy man after his side’s disastrous second half against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday evening.

Portland surrendered a chance to beat their fierce rivals in the Cascadian Cup after giving up a goal in stoppage time to Clint Dempsey. At the time, Seattle had been playing with only 10 men for much of the second half.

Porter started off his post match press conference simply stating, “It feels like a loss.”

“Very disappointing, I didn’t think we managed the second half well. This is now becoming a pattern, again we were in a winning position. We didn’t show a strong enough mentality, strong enough urgency.”

“For me, when I look at how we played after we gave up the goal, that’s the way we should play every game, the whole 90 minutes.

“And there’s a pattern of this, I would say a mix of complacency of a few guys,  and a mix of fear of a few guys, and we’ve got to change it. Because when the pressure tightened up in the second half, we didn’t manage the game well. We gave the ball away too much, we fouled too much, we didn’t score the third goal when we should of. We should’ve shown more killer instinct.

“We didn’t manage the last 10 minutes well, some poor decisions on the corners, keeping the ball, just some things you have to manage as a professional player and as a professional team – a winning team.

“This is a pivotal moment, this is either a turning point where we finally decide after the guys look in the mirror and they look at that second half and they realize ‘that isn’t good enough’. It can be a turning point – a stepping stone, or it’s going to be a stumbling block.

“I’m looking more big picture, than today. I’m looking more at the trend and the pattern. And again, I know what it takes to be a winning team, when I say a winning team I don’t just mean winning a game, I mean winning something at the end of the year. This team has the potential to do that, my belief in their ability to do that hasn’t wavered.

“So I’m hoping this is finally the turning point, we can use it as a stepping stone where we can come together and have a stronger, tougher mentality.”

Portland currently sits in third place in the Western conference, five points behind first place Sporting KC.

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