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Quotes: A tale of two halves for the Red Bulls

(photo by Matt Kremkau)

Wednesday’s night’s 2-1 defeat at Red Bull Arena was a tale of two halves for the Red Bulls and Interim Head Coach Bradley Carnell. He expressed some disappointment in not finishing what they started and maximizing those opportunities.

“A game of two different halves, a really lock down performance in the first half, outshooting the opponent 9-4, and 0 shots on target, so I mean, we just failed to put it over the line and take a real grip on the game and a real control of the game. I thought for the most part, totally against the run of play, we gave up two situations where we get a little bit exposed, and then on a set piece, we seem to be in the business of giving up world-class goals, and giving people their first goals.  

So yeah, it’s another one of those bitterly disappointing nights, and I’m sitting here in shock, because, we should never, never be on the receiving end of not getting any points. Unfortunately, a little bit left speechless but yeah, we now just have to try and find a way, and I put the message to the boys, we must now find a way. “

On the disappointment of giving up the lead:

“Yeah, bitter, listen, what is bitter? I’m just disappointed. Just disappointed for the players, that we couldn’t reward ourselves. We play a really good game in the first half, a really dominant performance, really lock down, excellent, and then pretty much get going. Take the lead, I mean pretty much everything going according to plan, and then I’m just a little bit disappointed how naïve we are at the very next play, following the goal. So that just disappoints me a little bit. I would have liked a little bit of a more savvy response in terms of how we managed the next couple of minutes, just to get... I guess we thought the flood gates were going to open and we were going to have another 4-1 thrashing, but that’s unfortunately, how football doesn’t work.

There’s always a team that wants to get at you as well, and play for a bit of pride, and they have a very good team, let’s not kid ourselves. We had to be on top of the money all day today, and unfortunately again, we fall short and give ourselves, you know I said to the players, we shot ourselves in the foot, and that’s what it is.”

On getting focused to not repeat this result in Atlanta:

“Yeah listen, we have a good squad, we have a string of players who can step up on the field. Just as much as players who played tonight will potentially be in on Saturday, we’re just looking for a bounce back effect. We know we have a good couple of results on the road, so we know it’s not impossible. We actually look forward to the away games these days. We just have to make sure that we eat well, sleep well, recover well, reflect well, and go through our own minds, see where we can each just add and chip away at the block a little bit more and do a little bit better, and no kidding ourselves.

We’re all realistic in our approach. I haven’t even seen any other results tonight, but now we have to respond. We must show up against Atlanta.”


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