Red Bulls' Thierry Henry: Performance wasn’t good vs. Crew; "if it was, we would have won"
HARRISON, N.J. – The New York Red Bulls may have snatched a late equalizer against the Columbus Crew on Sunday to extend their unbeaten run, but they are feeling far from excited about their play these days.
Jamison Olave scored a neat tying goal near the end of regulation, and the match ended 2-2, but were disappointed to settle for a point. at home against their Eastern Conference foes.
“We didn’t do enough to win that game,” Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke told reporters during a postgame press-conference tirade. “It wasn’t a good performance at all by us. At all. I don’t know if we underestimated them, I don’t know what it was. Not a good performance by us."
The draw extended the club's unbeaten streak to seven games, and they remain on top of the Eastern Conference standings. But the mood inside the Red Bulls’ locker room afterward was more regretful than joyous. The players are frustrated not at the results as much as the performances.
“We’re still on a good run but today we didn’t play particularly well,” said captain Thierry Henry. “I thought we should have won the game, but you have to give Columbus credit. They came with a plan and they did it well. It wasn’t good enough, especially the way we started, the goal we gave away. … It wasn’t enough, because if it was, we would have won.”
The first half and that goal "given away," in particular, irritated the Red Bulls. The goal came in just the 2nd minute to Dominic Oduro, as the Red Bulls were outshot for the second straight game at home in the opening 45.
“The way we do it isn’t good enough,” said center back Markus Holgersson, who was partially at fault on the Oduro goal. “The first half is one of the worst this year. Second half is good. We play the ball and move much better. We should have scored maybe earlier in that half, and then we could win."
The Red Bulls do not have much time to dwell on the result. They host Reading United in their round of 16 U.S. Open Cup match on Wednesday and then take on the Vancouver Whitecaps at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.
Franco Panizo covers the New York Red Bulls for MLSsoccer.com. He can be reached by email at Franco8813@gmail.com.