No surprise that the emphasis in practice today was finishing chances after the five missed opportunities from the last game.
(On execution and finishing) “It’s a little bit of both. It’s obviously the technical execution of striking the ball and meeting the ball, the timing of your runs, etcetera. There’s also a mental thing. Sometimes you get into a funk, and for some reason it always seems to get behind you or doesn’t hit your foot right or something like that. But it’s a combination of both things. Good forwards have amnesia. They can’t remember when they miss. And all that they remember is the ones they score. But you also got to have good timing of your runs and good execution.”
(On the focus going forward) “Focus on two things. We’re focused on what we want to achieve as a team, which is one. And the second thing we’re focused on is as well that we’re basically almost a third into the season, and we’re sitting in second place in the West, which I don’t think is too bad. But obviously we have our sights set on doing really well and that’s just the ambition that we have for ourselves. So we feel disappointed when we have draws, especially when we had an opportunity to put the game away in the first half. And when you don’t do that then you allow a team to hang on, and then they have a chance to win in the second half. So we’re definitely focused on making sure that we finish better and that we put away the chances that we are creating.”
(On being satisfied with the performances of the players that have stepped in) “Guys have come on and they’ve played well. Patrick Ianni I thought had a pretty good game. I thought Dave van der Bergh, with the exception of a couple of crosses that he hit in the second half, really didn’t have much of an impact on the game. And he’s as good a wide left player as there is in the league, so I was happy with that. Tyson (Wahl) got thrown into the fray obviously without having much benefit of a warm-up. And I thought he was pretty solid as well. And different people have stepped in at different times, whether Seba (Le Toux), (Sanna) Nyassi up front, and all kinds of different people. So that part of it has been very good.”
(On the importance of having depth) “You have to have depth. And as an expansion team, it’s tough to get depth this early. You try and try and build it each year, and try and get your team deeper and deeper each year as well…It’s always good to get them involved early, so that they’re ready for games. As the season progresses, you’ve got people missing games because of yellow card accumulations. Obviously injuries pile up and things like that. It’s more than 11 players in order to be successful.”