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FOOTBALL: Clinical Blues put five past Holt
HOLT UNITED 0 PORTLAND UNITED 5
GARY Bailey still felt there was room for improvement after watching his men put five past Holt.
Although pleased to pick up another win, one which maintains Portland’s 100 per cent start to the season, Blues’ boss Bailey wasn’t totally satisfied with the performance.
And Portland’s third success on the spin did come at a cost as second-half substitute Dan Newnham was dismissed 10 minutes after coming off the bench.
At that stage of the match Holt were already a man down following a red card in the build up to the Blues’ second goal just before half time.
“It was a very scrappy game on a very difficult pitch to play on, but we got the job done,” said Bailey. “The conditions didn’t allow free-flowing football and it was very stop-start.
“And, unfortunately, Dan Newnham was shown a straight red card for apparently using an elbow and that took the shine off the victory a little bit.”
He continued: “There is definitely room for improvement as far as we are concerned, and the players know they can play a lot better than that.
“We could have won 10-0 we were so dominant at times, but Holt tried to slow the game down and when that happens it can be difficult.
“I don’t want to be too critical of the lads but we know we can play better. It was a pleasing result but a little bit frustrating in terms of the performance.”
The Blues took the lead on 10 minutes when the Holt keeper fumbled Alex Halloran’s corner into his own net.
Holt’s spoiling tactics worked for the next half an hour but just before the break a hand ball in the home side’s box saw Halloran step up to make it 2-0 after his initial effort was saved.
Portland’s cause was made all the more easier as Holt had been reduced to 10 men in the fallout from the award of the spot kick.
Two became three for the visitors on 50 minutes as Lewis Whyton’s raking ball from the back found Ben Doidge and his cross was converted by Adam Linaker.
Three minutes later it was 4-0, Joe Toghill slotting home from 12 yards after Ross Doidge’s effort was blocked, and although they lost the spark from their play, the islanders added a fifth through substitute Simon Crouch.
Newnham’s red card took the gloss off the triumph and although Bailey conceded his player did raise an arm, he felt he hadn’t used his elbow.
Blues: Weeks, Carter, Whyton, Carmichael, B Doidge (Newnham 70), Mutch (Crouch 60), Halloran, Smith (Hill 60), R Doidge, Toghill, Linaker
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