QUOTE SHEET: Petke, Henry, and BWP discuss RBNY's 1-1 draw with RSL
New York Red Bulls Head Coach Mike Petke
On the match as a whole:
"I thought that for the first 20 minutes we were absolutely in control. I was very excited and happy to see we were playing like that. Then it tilted towards [Real] Salt Lake's way, and they did what they do best at home which is possess and get you moving around. I think it evened out in the second half. Overall, we are close to the point in the season where you have to stop saying a point's good on the road, but tonight, it's a good point. We haven't won here since 2008, and I think the guys did enough to win tonight, but we'll take a point."
On the turnaround of playing New England at home on Saturday:
"We've got some tired guys. Obviously, we're in altitude here in Salt Lake, and [Real] Salt Lake's a very good team that gets the ball moving and gets you moving. So guys are a bit hurting right now, a little sore, we'll have to wait for tomorrow to see how the guys are responding, and we have a big game this weekend."
On the goal conceded in the first half:
"I'm very disappointed, to be honest with you, in that goal, because it was a situation that we defended the corner kick well, and then when it pops out, nobody gets to the guy with the ball. We need people rushing at and throwing their bodies in the way, and we didn't. He got a good look - good touch, good look - and buried it in the corner."
On his team's overall performance:
"No. I mean listen, Salt Lake's a great team. Do I think we outplayed them in the second half? No, but I certainly don't think that they outplayed us. I think it was a little bit even."
New York Red Bulls FW Thierry Henry
On his goal tonight:
"I saw that Nick Rimando could not see where the ball was, and I just finished it. Great work on the pass from Tim Cahill, and I just have to finish it. Overall, I thought that, obviously Real Salt Lake played really well. We came back in the game. It wasn't one of our best games, I can say, but sometimes you have to get a result like that, especially in a place like Salt Lake. Usually we come here and we lose. It's a draw. We are not extremely happy with it, but sometimes you have to save something out of a game and we did tonight."
On if the altitude affected him:
"No, not really. They're just a good team to play against. They play through the lines difficultly. They make you run from right to left and left to right. They put guys in the middle of the park, but there's always a better ball. Real Salt Lake is in a good moment right now, with Nick [Rimando] coming home and obviously, they're missing [Alvaro] Saborio, but they are a good team. They've been good in the past. Since I've been here, they've been really consistent. This is the first time I can pick up a point at least. We are good with the draw, but you have to give them a lot of credit for the way the passed the ball - they did well."
On the team's overall performance:
"I thought we started well. In the first half, I think we had the ball for a while. They got the ball in our box, and we conceded a goal, so it was kind of the same thing for them in the first half. Like I said, they're a good team; it's difficult to play against them. We didn't play that well. We managed to score a good goal in terms of construction. Like I said, we picked up a point. We're kind of happy with it, but hopefully we can beat New England at home on Saturday."
New York Red Bulls FW Bradley Wright-Phillips
On his team's attacking performance:
"I thought we started off well. Obviously, they are at home, so they've got a bit of possession. They pass the ball well, we knew that. I think it was fair and square."
On if he was happy with the team's defensive performance:
"We expected them to have a lot of possession. I think the boys dealt with it well. Obviously, the one mishap, but things happen in football."