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October 17, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Wizards’ postgame reaction

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS HEAD COACH PETER VERMES
On the game:
“It was a tough game to lose. Having a lead at home…that’s something we work hard to get, and when we got the lead tonight and couldn’t defend it that was really frustrating. I think our effort was good tonight, but we gave up a couple of easy goals in the second half and that was the difference. Now we need to regroup for another home game next week against D.C. United, and we need to play hard and finish our season on a high note.”
On playing Saturday after finding out earlier in the day that the Wizards had been eliminated from playoff contention:
“It wasn’t difficult for me, and it wasn’t for the coaching staff. The players played hard tonight, so I think they did a good job of focusing on the job at hand. Despite us getting eliminated prior to our game tonight, we all know it is important to play well at the end of this season so that we can be a better team in 2010.”
On Zoltan’s first career start:
“I thought he played well tonight. He scored another goal, his second in three weeks, and that’s one of the things he brings to this team. As we move towards 2010, Zoltan is a guy we will be counting on to play an important role on this team and challenge for a starting spot.”
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS FORWARD JOSH WOLFF
On setting a career-high for goals this season:
“It feels good, but it’s just too bad that I couldn’t do it in a season that we made the playoffs. My job is to score goals. I was just doing my job this year.”
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS DEFENDER JIMMY CONRAD
On the game:
“I thought a tie was a fair result tonight, but that isn’t what happened. We learned a few more lessons this game. Unfortunately we keep learning these lessons and we’re not going to make the playoffs this season.”

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