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Caleb Porter vows to put Columbus Crew form right after third straight defeat

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Caleb Porters says Columbus fans "deserve better" following the Crew's 3-2 defeat to Atlanta United.
Caleb Porters says Columbus fans "deserve better" following the Crew's 3-2 defeat to Atlanta United. / Emilee Chinn/Getty Images
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Columbus Crew boss Caleb Porter has vowed to put right the poor run of form his side are enduring after another defeat at their new Lower.com Field stadium.

The Crew fell 3-2 to struggling Atlanta United on Saturday, meaning they've now won just one of their five home matches since leaving Historic Crew Stadium.

Overall, the reigning MLS Cup champions have won just two of their last ten matches, losing their last three in a run that has seen them slip to seventh in the Eastern Conference.

Though the Crew remain in the play-off spots for now, the likes of CF Montreal, New York Red Bulls and Saturday night's opponents remain in hot pursuit, with a quick change in fortunes needed.

Speaking after the defeat to Atlanta, Porter said Columbus fans 'deserve better' than what they're getting right now and insisted he'll look to turn things around quickly.

“Our fans deserve better,” said Porter (via MLSsoccer.com). “And we’re going to make it right.”

The Crew have leaked 11 goals across their last three defeats and on his side's recent defensive misgivings, Porter added: “It's very difficult when the first time they’re (Atlanta United) around our goal it’s in the back of the net.

"The second two were penalties. In watching them, I think they are penalties. Maybe a bit harsh, but we’re kind of stabbing in, not moving our feet.

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Porter believes his players are struggling psychologically / Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

“It’s individual mistakes and moments and that’s what we have to clean up. I think a lot of it is psychological at this point.”

Despite the current predicament, Porter was determined to keep heads held high among his squad.

“There are a lot more positives in the game than you might think,” he said. "Myself, the players, the coaching staff, we're not going to lose sight of that.”

Next up for the Crew is an away trip to the Chicago Fire on Sunday evening.

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