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Quote Sheet: RSL vs. MNUFC

MINNESOTA UNITED HEAD COACH ADRIAN HEATH

On tonight’s performance …

“I thought we did very well and showed good quality in attacking areas. We've restricted a really good attacking team, threats out wide a little bit of craftiness with Rusnák underneath. Kreilach gives them good experience in the box. Defensively, I thought we were outstanding, restricted them to a few long-range efforts. Certainly, in the first half, I thought if we got a little bit more quality on the final ball, we would have caused more problems.”

On missed passes …

“Obviously we spoke to the players about the ball traveling a little bit further and goes a bit quicker here with the air. On the whole, we’ve settled for a point, it’s a difficult place to play, it always is, but the way the game panned out, I thought if we showed a little bit more craftiness, a little bit more guile, a little bit more quality, we might have pinched the three points.”

On nearly getting the win

“We had a great effort from Jan late on but, wasn't meant to be and probably a fair result. I feel as though we might have nicked the three points tonight if we were a little bit more clinical.”

On the attack …

“I thought the shape was very, very good. I thought we broke quite well. I think it was just the final ball. Final ball in the first half, especially. We must have had three occasions on the counter attack where we've missed it and it’s gone out for a goal kick. Which is disappointing, because the one thing about our play as of late has been that we scored 26 goals. It's not been our quality. Today, our quality wasn't quite what it's been of late.”

On how you feel about the performance tonight …

“I was pleased with their efforts, especially our defensive shape was very, very good.” 

On Marcelo’s challenge …

“Well, it's the first time I've seen Ethan go for a ball and then get bundled over, the ball doesn't move. I thought it was worth a look, but it's a long way from where I was, so I couldn't see really. Certainly, Ethan thought there was contact.”

On Kevin Molino’s injury …

“He’s fine, he’s got a tight hamstring and he didn’t want it getting worse. We don’t think it’s too bad for him.”

On playing in Salt Lake …

“The games have always been tight. We've had a couple of big wins over at home but here generally, the games are always a bit lively here. I thought it was a fiercely contested game, at times I thought the quality was a bit lacking tonight from both teams. For us, it’s another good point on the road and now it’s eight games in all competitions now without a defeat, we’re just going to keep it going now.”

On getting more time to prepare …

“It will be nice to do some work. It just feels as though it's been regeneration the next day and then the day before preparation. So it'll be nice to get some work done on the training ground.”

MINNESOTA UNITED MIDFIELDER JAN GREGUS

On his shot off the post …

“I was surprised that it didn't go in but what can I do that's football and we have to take one point.”

On how he felt the team performed …

“I feel that we played a really good defensive match. We did really well and we had a few chances and I think we could have scored one more, but that's football. They had some pressure on us in the end and we wanted to take three points, but we'll take one.”

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