Quakes shake Revs, 2-1


Quakes shake Revs, 2-1

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

The New England Revolution said this one was all about pride. But the result was awfully similar to what the Revs have seen throughout most of the season.

A pair of goals from San Joses Chris Wondolowski handed the Revolution their fourth
straight loss on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

The defeat didnt mean much to the Revs in the standings. They were already eliminated from playoff contention.

But after tying the game at 1-1 in the opening minutes of the second half on a Benny
Feilhaber goal, it looked as if that pride was going to carry New England to at least one point on Saturday night.

But in the 82nd minute, Wondolowski added his second of the game, and it was the same old, same old at Gillette.

Dj vu, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol after Saturday nights loss. We make
chances, dont take them, and we give up bad goals. Seen it too many times before.

The Revs have two more games this season, but it sounds as if Nicol has seen enough
losses because of late-game mistakes on the back end.

To be honest, the guys that have played in the back have a lot of games behind
them, said Nicol. Cant disguise the fact weve made too many mistakes too often,
defensively, and it costs us games.

And again tonight, weve made chances. Ok, we havent taken them, but weve made a few chances. How we dont score at the end, as well, just kind of sums it up. But we give them, I dont know, three chances and they put two in the net. We keep doing that and youre going to lose games.

Nicol doesnt believe his team needs anything more to be motivated about. Its simply
about execution.

Its not a case of motivation, to be honest, said Nicol. Its people making mistakes. I dont think its a matter of motivation. We went forward for most of the evening. We just havent been able to deal with counter attacks or simple long balls from the goalkeepers hand.

You spend the night going forward and try to push them. We didnt miss any open
goals. We certainly had four of five occasions in which we might have scored, and we
could be sitting here with four or five goals behind us, but we havent. And weve lost the game because we make basic errors defensively.

What else so you say? Its kind of been the same story for most of the season, added Nicol. Weve done the same things. Weve made chances and not taken them and then given up bad goals and we end up losing games.

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