WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2004 - NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 3, CHICAGO FIRE 1
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION HEAD COACH STEVE NICOL:
On the difference between the two halves:
"The difference was, we wanted to go at them, but we weren't going at them in a positive enough manner, to be honest. We did have a couple of chances (in the first half), Clint obviously had a great chance and we didn't take it and we've been talking all season about not taking your chances and then giving up a goal at the wrong time. And you know, we lose a goal five minutes before the end (of the half) and we're beginning to think it's a wee bit deja vu. But we basically said, we need to get the ball wide, get at them, get balls in the box. With Clint Dempsey and Taylor Twellman in the box, you have to get them service."
On his starting lineup:
"We're happy with the lineup. We took a bit of a chance. (Jose Cancela) and Shalrie (Joseph) weren't 100 percent fit. But rather than be conservative - it was a big game for us tonight - we decided to take a gamble on them. Obviously, it paid off."
On taking four of six points against the Fire:
"A point in any away game is something you should be - happy is not the word - but if you can get something away from home you'll definitely take it."
On Taylor Twellman's goals:
"They both were typical Taylor goals. He's not a guy who gets a lot of tap-ins. The two he scored tonight were just classic Taylor goals."
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION FORWARD TAYLOR TWELLMAN:
On the second half scoring outburst:
"We needed a half like this. The first half, we felt as players, that we got the better of the half. Unfortunately, we were down one-nothing. I think in the second half we took care of business."
On his fitness:
"I'm still thinking about my hamstring. But, obviously, it held up fine. If I can sprint 30 yards and get a red card and be pretty stupid, I'm back to normal. I'm disappointed, because I wanted to play this weekend and get some fitness back and get in the game and I'm not going to get that. But I feel like I'm on the right track."
On getting back his scoring touch:
"In all honesty, I knew it was going to happen. I hit the goalie in the face about four times this year and each goalie's gotten Player of the Week. My job is just to be a target up front and when I get my chance, put it hard on goal and if it goes in, great and if not, so be it."
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION MIDFIELDER RICHIE BAKER:
On coming on to assist on the Dempsey goal:
"I was a bit unhappy not to start the game. I just wanted when I do get my chance, go out and do what I can do. Last week, I didn't get my crosses in. I just wanted to get some crosses in. Tonight, on my first one I was lucky enough that Clint was there, he read it well and scored a goal. It was nice to come on and do it."
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION DEFENDER AVERY JOHN:
On how the Revolution defense played:
"I thought we did brilliantly. But, I have to say, on the one goal scored against us, I should have been closer. It was three against two, but regardless, it's a goal against us. But I think we've done well. (DaMarcus) Beasley didn't have much in the game. I think we stood well as a back four."
CHICAGO FIRE HEAD COACH DAVE SARACHAN:
On the match:
"We talked about the second half and that New England was probably going to make an early push. If DaMarcus [Beasley] gets that goal near the end of the first half to make it 2-0, I think the game could be over but Reis made a good save. But in the second half they got a couple of good balls in the box and we didn't do well on our assignments on restarts and before you know it it's 2-1 and we could never get back on track."
On what happened at halftime:
"It was the tale of two halves. I thought we built on the last game in terms of the soccer getting better and the movement on and off the ball. I think that half was one of our better halves, but unfortunately the game is 90 minutes and the second half was not up to the standard."
On the Fire's play in the second half:
"The response after [trailing] 2-1, you'd like to think the guys would start to play a with a little more urgency, and it certainly rejuvenated New England. They matched whatever little spark we could try to muster. When it got 2-1, we didn't make the right kind of push."
On the Fire's six-game winless streak:
"We're struggling right now, there's no question about it. Everybody's just got to take stock in their own personal commitment. I don't doubt the commitment, but when you don't get results there's a little lack of confidence. We now have to make sure that we're all in this together and we'll get through it. There is still a lot of quality within this team, but this is a League about competing every day, every game and rolling up your sleeves and if you don't results can go against you."
CHICAGO FIRE DEFENDER JIM CURTIN
On the play of Revolution forward Taylor Twellman:
"He's a tough mark and to his credit he got loose twice in the box on us. The first one was on a little deflection on a one-two, he got behind me and he just took a good shot into the side netting. The second one, I should have been closer to him on the corner kick. He got free and scored the second goal that kind of buried us."
On the performance of goalkeeper D.J. Countess in his Fire debut:
"He did great for us, we kind of let him down as a team in the back in the second half. We came out flat and paid for it, but his play was fine."
CHICAGO FIRE DEFENDER C.J. BROWN
On the physical nature of Fire-Revolution contests:
"Everybody's competing. We're at the bottom of the table and everyone's trying to get out of the bottom, so every game's going to be a fight. Dirty fouls, yellow cards, it's all about trying to prevent each person from advancing. But I didn't think that tonight was a dirty match."
On the difference between the two halves of play:
"The first half we played well and the second half we stunk. We were terrible and it showed. We just didn't have the heart in the second half."
CHICAGO FIRE MIDFIELDER ANDY WILLIAMS
On his first goal of the season:
"I used one of their defenders, I think it was Avery [John], as a screen. I saw [New England goalkeeper] Matt [Reis] was running to the far post so I just hit it."
CHICAGO FIRE GOALKEEPER D.J. COUNTESS
On his first start:
"It's good to get out there and get my first minutes for Chicago. It was actually very exciting for me; I didn't know I was starting until this afternoon, so I was pretty excited to play. Obviously right now I'm a little disappointed, but you live and learn and hopefully I'll do better next time."