PRESS CONFERENCE: Jesse Marsch | 08/06/17


Talk about today’s performance...

“Yeah, the best stretch for us was at the start of the second half. We got the goal and then they upped their energy a bit. I thought that the referee reffed the score. Like all of a sudden we started to get some calls when we went down a goal, but in the meantime, he’s giving them so many soft fouls. So many little things going for them that they end up getting an edge on. Even the play that leads to the second goal Kamar Lawrence gets fouled on the sideline and he calls a throw-in. So VAR can’t correct the inability to see a game clearly and make all the little plays right. It can help with the big plays, but then we need refs who can understand how to ref the rest of the game. Cause there is more to the game than the moments that lead to goals and I felt like it was hard to gain momentum within the match when every time a guy goes down on a soft foul, they get a call. It makes it difficult. And I’ll say this. I haven’t talked about the ref one time this year so I’m not making excuses. I give New York City credit. But I’ve been on my best behavior from referee perspective this year, but this one was too much to swallow.”

Talk about David Villa’s performance...

“Yeah, he’s a tough guy to deal with and Aaron Long had the responsibility of trying to take care of him a lot today. So you know, it’s a big experience for Aaron to be a part of and you know, he came up second on a few too many plays and that’s what happens when you play against high level guys. You have to understand that you have to be sharp upstairs. You have to be alert for every moment. You can’t give them any space because when you do he can hurt you. And obviously, he’s a quality player. There’s nothing more to say.”

Talk about Bradley Wright Phillips performance today...

“I mean, Bradley is our version of David Villa. Two great goals from him. He loves these games. I don’t know if it’s from watching his dad grow up, but for whatever reason he really relishes the big stage and the big moments of these big games and he’s clearly been, if you go over the history,  the best player over the two and a half years. Bradley is an amazing guy. An amazing leader on our team. And a great player. Two great goals. Just classy finishes and it should have been enough. Really at 2-1, it should have been enough to walk out of here with at least a draw, if not three points.”

Does having NYCFC winning a few of these series add something to the rivalry...

“Listen, when you have moments like this, this means something to our players and the fans. And it means so much to us, but you almost feel a responsibility to the fans and the club more than you even feel responsibility to each other within the team. So when you come up short now two times, it certainly makes the next game really huge and we’re really disappointed. We had great support from our fans and you know, when you have to look up there at the end of the game, you feel guilty and disappointed that you didn’t do more for your fans to celebrate. Especially when it was right there for us. But this is what this sport is and this is what great rivalries are, so it’s a crappy feeling but we’re going to find a way to continue to have great resilience. We’ve been in a really good way and we’re going to continue to find ways to push forward and be a better team so that when we’re in this situation again, we will be more prepared.”

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