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Port United slip to seventh after controversial loss to Port Saints

It’s not the time of the season to have a little hiccup, but Port United coach Adam Bruest is unconcerned about what effect Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Port Saints will have on their Coastal Premier League Men’s campaign.

The one-goal defeat saw United slip from third to seventh on the competition ladder although they do still have up to three catch-up fixtures in hand on the teams above them.

“I think we’re in good stead to push forward and I know we’re a better team than what we put out on Saturday so it’s not panic stations by all means,” Bruest said.

“The boys played fine, but we just didn’t find that goal that we needed.”

Bruest lamented a controversial first-half penalty decision that went against his side which ultimately proved the difference.

“It was quite frustrating as a coach, but it is what it is. You can’t cry over spilt milk, we just have to let it go and push on which is good,” he said.

“I thought the dot shot was a little bit soft, but all credit to them, they won the game and good on them.”

Bruest, however, admitted the tackle which led to the penalty was probably unnecessary.

“[Riley] had Eli and Mason in front of the attacker and it was just on the outside of the box. He did get all ball and it was one of those ones where he took the player as well as the ball.”

United had their chances, namely when Josh Casey hit the bar twice and they created a couple of half-chances from outside the box.

“It would have been nice to get the results especially being the derby but we’ve got the chance to make some rights next time we play them,” Bruest said.

“We’ve still got another catch-up game against them so hopefully we can put it together.”

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