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Portland Timbers' Spencer praises Boyd following win over Seattle Sounders

John Spencer was full of praise for Kris Boyd after he netted his fifth MLS goal of the season on the weekend.

The Scottish striker gave Portland Timbers the lead over Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders in the 16th minute at JELD-WEN Field when he simply slotted home a great leftwing cross by fellow countryman Steven Smith.

The Timbers went on to eventually win 2-1 thanks to David Horst's 26th minute goal before Eddie Johnson netted for the Sounders and then both sides had players sent off with Portland's Lovel Palmer and Seattle's Fredy Montero were given their marching orders.

Nonetheless, it was Boyd's goal which kicked things off for the Timbers and head coach Spencer was thrilled to see his main attacker do the business for his side.

"I think Kris Boyd had a great finish coming across the six," he said.

"That's what Kris Boyd does. I've seen him do it 150, 170 times in his career at the top level. And I've said time and time again if you give him chances, he puts the ball in the back of the net.

"There's been a lot of harsh criticism directed toward all of us here. You could see a little bit of change in his mentality this week about wanting to score, and really wanting to put the ball at the back of the net. And there's nothing better than scoring a goal down at that end against your biggest rival, and then celebrating with the fans down there."

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Andrew Slevison
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