Coach STEVE NICOLGame should’ve been over at halftime. We could’ve been four-up at halftime. We made one mistake first half and it was a goal. We made one (mistake) each, which is a travesty. Second half, we didn’t quite make as many clear chances, but we still had some chances. We lose a horrible goal and we can’t deal with it. Just a big punt for the goalkeeper. So basically, (Matt) Reisy had one save to make – he made a good save on the header – and that was about it. The rest … the two goals are on mistakes. What do you say? It was a travesty.
It’s a matter in how we lose them. You’d always say it was rather good play on the opponents’ behalf. But when you make the mistakes we made for the two goals, it’s kind of hard to take. You see the effort the players put in tonight. They gave everything again, but we find a way to hamstring ourselves.
Well you come out and give a goal away straight away it makes it difficult. It makes it easier for them to defend. It’s a lot easier to defend a 2-1 lead than it is when a team’s coming at you. Just that final pass in the second half just wasn’t there. But at the same time, we still let up a couple of near things. But that’s happened many times before – we make mistakes and we get punished and we can’t quite finish things off that we make. It kind of sums us up.
It was a fantastic header. (Diego Fagundez) makes some good runs. Nothing but positives things to say.
We have to go about it the same way we did tonight. I don’t think anybody could have any complaints the way we went about our business. We tried to get after it right from the start. But, as has happened too many times when we’ve actually had chances and pressure and put ourselves on the front foot, we’ve managed to make a mistake that’s cost us dearly.
Forward DIEGO FAGUNDEZI did the same exact (goal-scoring header off a corner kick) play at practice and in the game, so the play is working. So I guess I should keep doing it.
(I was getting) a little bit (tired), but not really. I was trying to get the result. We were trying so hard and once you want to go for the result, you don’t really think about it; you just want to keep going until the end.
It’s amazing (playing with Milton Caraglio). The ball’s in the air and I know I’m not going to win, so I know I can count on (Milton Caraglio) for a flick or a touch, so it really helps out. It’s really good.
I guess I wasn’t really getting the ball as much. I was going to space, checking to. I wasn’t really getting the same chances I was in the first half. I was trying to go over the top and it still didn’t work, so I was just trying to go for the crosses.
I don’t expect (to start), but I’d like to. I just have to keep working hard in practices.
Defender CHRIS TIENEY It’s very frustrating. As professionals, you’re constantly evaluating your performance and performance of the team, and it just hasn’t been good enough. There’s really no two ways about that. We’re bottom of the league and there’s no way of getting around that. At this point were fighting for jobs and trying to make sure every individual is doing what they have to do to prove that they deserve a job in this league.
You can see (Diego Fagundez’s) quality. He’s 16, 17 years old, but he plays the game the right way. He’s so active up there, he’s got great feet and great vision. You see the way he’s getting up, scoring us a goal of a corner, so (there will be) really bright things from him in the future hopefully, and hopefully he’ll continue to help us out the way he has because he’s really been a spark for us.
Jobs are on the line at this point, so it’s a matter of pride at this point, putting in a good performance. Everyone’s got to be proud to be here, to be in this league and prove that they belong. That’s got to be in the back of our minds as we go forward here and try to get some wins for the fans and try to get some wins to prove that we can play in this league.
I think we just kind of ran out of gas. We were kind of discouraged that we didn’t put those chances we could have in first half away, and kind of ran out of ideas - just a little bit - ran out of gas. We still had enough chances. I had a chance at the end I couldn’t finish. We had a couple half chances in the box that we probably could have done better with, a bunch of free kicks, balls in the box that we just didn’t have that last little bit of quality that we needed to put it away.
Midfielder BENNY FEILHABER I think we did some good things in the first half, things that we have been working on and have been talking about and we were able to get a goal. We were going on the right path obviously. Mistake there, it happens. It happened to me last game, and obviously this game, but stuff like that has happened to us this year and it’s really plagued us, so it’s unfortunate. But second half we didn’t play the way we wanted to. We didn’t do a lot of the things that we did well in the first half. I still think it was a relatively even game, but you know those kind of mistakes that lead to the second goal, that’s what’s been killing us the whole year. So it’s another story of mistakes haunting us
Funny enough, Diego (Fagundez) scored on a corner kick in training, I think the day before the game so everybody was making fun of him for that. Obviously people don’t see him in there I guess. You know that little red Mohawk - nobody sees it - so good for him, finding that spot. I just put a ball in and to be honest, I didn’t even see who scored when he scored. But it’s great for him; he’s a kid that works hard in training, keeps his head down, doesn’t let the veterans get to him or anything like that. He’s a good kid. It’s good to see him doing well and he’s got plenty more to show and I’m hoping he’ll do well the rest of the year because he’s got a big career ahead of him.
I think a lot of the games that we gave up big leads in the second half were due to not having the ball enough and getting tired, so that’s one thing that’s good to see. But again, it didn’t feel like we were doing as well with the possession in the second half as we did in the first. Maybe I could be wrong, but that’s how it felt anyways. I think a big part of that is Diego (Fagundez), he’s running his butt off up there. Even balls that we kind of boot towards the corner flag that there’s no business Diego really tracking down, he’s doing it anyways and forcing them to either get rid of it and we win it back or get it out for a throw in or whatnot. So that helps us keep possession and you know he’s a good player. I’m really high on him and hopefully he can keep growing cause that’s what’s important at that age.