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Spencer: No controversy and no excuses

Portland coach John Spencer had a quarrel with his team's defense -- not the officials or Sounders coach Sigi Schmid -- after Seattle's 3-2 win today at Jeld-Wen Field.

Here's some of what he had to say:

On the overall result: "I think it proved today that if you can't defend, you're not going to win games. I think offensively we did enough, but defensively if we keep leaking goals we're not going to win games."

On the penalty kick call on defender Eric Brunner and the defensive effort: "I think it was 100 percent the correct call, penalty kick and a red card. I don't think there's any question in that. Goals are goals, regardless, and they got 3 points. I think it's lack of concentration, lack of communication, and if you don't talk in this game and you don't mark runners you're going to get punished."

On Seattle forward Fredy Montero's free kick goal: "I thought it was a great free kick. He put it exactly where he had to put it for it to be a goal because Troy Perkins got across quick. It was a tremendous piece of skill."

On a loss to Seattle hurting more than a normal loss: "I think it does (hurt more). You get beat by your biggest rivals at home when you score two goals and you've got the lead twice, I wouldn't say it's unacceptable, but you've got to finish the game off. I think offensively as a team we played well, defensively when you give good players the opportunities and go to sleep you're going to get punished and we got punished."On the crowd and atmosphere: "I thought it was amazing. It's nothing short of amazing week in and week out. I thought the pre-game was a super show, obviously the fans put a lot of work and a lot of time into it and (I'm) just disappointed we couldn't give them something in return."On poor habits developing during the winless streak: "I think lack of confidence is the habit right now. You can't hang the back four (defenders) out to dry and say they've got to defend better, we've got to defend better as a team — as 11 guys. We've got to try and stem the tide and get back to winning ways."