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Coulter insists Derg men won’t dwell on Ports defeat

NEIL Coulter said Dergview wouldn’t dwell on Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Portadown at Darragh Park.

Goals by Luke Wilson and Lee Bonis earned Matthew Tipton’s league leaders another precious victory while in the process ending Dergview’s unbeaten home record.

The reverse also ended a winning run of three games for Ivan Sproule’s resurgent team but, while assistant manager Coulter said his players could have got something out of the game, he said they would dust themselves down and move onto the next challenge.

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Dergview travel to HW Welders today and the following week host basement boys Knockbreda. Coulter believes those games offer his team an opportunity to continue to build momentum.

“We looked at the Portadown game as an opportunity to build momentum and make a real statement,” he said.

“Had we got a result it would have said to the rest of the league that we were an opponent not to be taken lightly.

“We have two winnable games next. Anyone can beat anyone in this league, we know that, but they’re two games in which we need to be aiming to pick up maximum points.

“We are away to Welders and at home to Knockbreda, teams who are in and around us. While it won’t be easy we’ll be looking to get two more good results, move on and build on it.”

A wonder strike by Paul Smith gave Dergview late hope against the Ports but the home side couldn’t conjure up an equaliser. The nearest the North Tyrone men came to restoring parity saw defender Dale Maxwell send a rising shot inches past the excellent Bobby Edwards’ right hand post.

Coulter said his team were disappointed not to claim a share of the spoils.

“We were a wee bit gutted, I think had the game went on another 10 minutes we would have got an equaliser,” he continued.

“We were disappointed in the first half performance, it lacked enthusiasm and urgency, we weren’t at ourselves. The boys looked a bit flat and that was more worrying than anything else for us as coaches – why were players flat for Portadown at home?

“The first goal was soft. To stand off and allowed a player to score with a deflected shot that creeps into the goal was criminal.

“That said we’ll take positives from the game, even though we are disappointed in the first half.

“The second goal we can’t take it away from them, it was a great effort by Bonis.

“Perhaps we should have done more of what he did, we didn’t have enough shots in the first half with the wind at our backs. That goal and the one from Paul (Smith) were wonder strikes. It’s a pity we didn’t take something out of the game to take into the next game.

“But the result will not dent our positivity or momentum going into the next two games because the good things in the game far outweighed the bad ones.”

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