FOXBORO Following Saturdays 2-1 win over D.C. United, everyone in the New England Revolution locker room had the same feeling: theres plenty of work to be done.
The Revs are thrilled to have four points through their first two games, and have embraced their early success while continuing to learn and improve.
So its no surprise that when watching film of their own game and their next opponents previous game, that the Revs are focusing more on themselves than what the expansion Timbers will be doing on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
We try to pick up some areas that we think we can capitalize on, said Revolution assistant coach Stephen Myles after Wednesdays shortened training session. But the biggest thing is, if Im being honest, we dont really worry a lot about what other teams do. We more worry about what we do.
Myles said that most of the preparation this week has involved the coaching staff keeping it simple for his players who are still trying to gel with each other.
The main focus is just to carry on what weve been doing, said Myles. Try and look at one or two little areas when we have a look at the game tape. There are little things that wed like to tighten up on. But more than anything, just to continue doing the right things.
We dont try and complicate things, we just try and keep it as simple as possible. And if the players do the right things, at the right times, and doing them the right way, then well be fine.
After looking at the tape of their own game against the United last weekend, the Revs coaching staff enjoyed the end result just as much as when they saw it live. But after seeing the games ball possession go in favor of D.C., it was something they knew they had to address this week.
I thought we worked hard, said Myles on last weekends win. We worked hard, and I think we could maybe pass it a little bit better, and keep possession of it a little bit better. I was looking at the possession stats, and obviously D.C. had more possession in the game than we did. But at the end of the day, you look at it, and would you rather take the result and take the three points, and have less possession, or do you think possessions the name of the game?
Obviously when youve got more possession, and your on top, it helps. But sometimes its a little bit of negative possession. The games about sticking the ball in the back of the net, and stopping them.
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