USL Postgame Reaction: John Wolyniec | 8/31/18

New York Red Bulls II coach John Wolyniec

Q. On the result of the game

JOHN WOLYNIEC: Certainly, a lot of good. We seemed to create chances a lot often and today was no exception. The one challenge I would have is in this type of game can we start to put the game away be finishing some of our chances, but in the end I think got to be real proud and real happy that we get a 1-0 win. I think that builds character and builds in confidence, puts in confidence in the team and everything lasts through some tough moments and coming out of the other side so real proud of keeping off.

Q.  On defense keeping the ball out of the net…

JOHN WOLYNIEC: Yeah, it’s hard to know. I think I had a similar conversation after the Penn game when we felt like we were pretty good and said I was proud of the group for lasting in a 2-1 game, and it was only our second one goal win. But this is a level up from that–the shut out and 1-0 win. So yeah, listen we played aggressive and when you make little mistakes it costs us heavily so, you know, Louisville game a little bit of a blip and then Charleston, but those are two good teams so maybe we weren’t in our best at those games but I still think we’re moving in the right direction, especially defensively I think we’re getting better. We got blips along the way, but I think those were all the direction of the group and individuals has been in a good direction, in a positive direction.

Q. on Anatole Abang’s progress…

JOHN WOLYNIEC: Yeah, the goalkeeper was on point today so he really kept them in the game so you have to give them some credit there–a lot of credit. But Abang’s coming along, it’s a bit of an adjustment for him, plus he had a little time off before he got here with the change in seasons. It’s not easy to come in and play with our team, just the way we play in general, it’s not easy. Definitely, some positives tonight. You can tell he’s getting fitter and stronger and the tactics are coming along, and I think he came out a little frustrated because he doesn’t get his chance, but you can see its coming and hopefully he gets his first and I’m sure we’ll see a bunch coming.

Q. On Cristian Casseres, Brian White, and Fidel Escobar playing with first team…

JOHN WOLYNIEC: Yeah, it’s great. This is why we do the work, why we stay late nights, and push guys as often in different ways as we can. Really proud of those guys. Brian gets a game winner, that’s fantastic, I thought he was really good in the game. I’m a little more proud of him in the end when he’s cramping at his ankle and just kept going. Sometimes it’s easy for a guy to put his hand up and say, “I’m done,” but he kept going so that’s great. Cristian very similar, he’s cramping in the first half but it was a hot night so very proud of those guys, they did a great job. They stepped up when the first team needed them and that’s why we have this team so hopefully they continue to do that and we continue to do this.

Q. On a majority of the remaining games being on the road…

JOHN WOLYNIEC: No, we knew this was a big game, we knew this was a big game–both for the reasons that you said. But not many home games left, a lot on the road, a lot of tough games on the road. It’s been a little tricky for me just because we’ve had so many good performances on the road and I feel like I’ve said that a bunch of times and it sounds like an excuse or whatever, but I think we have played well and for us to not have a win, it’s a little bit mind bottling so I try not to mention it too much because I don’t want to put it on the players’ minds but at the same time it’s a challenge that we need to embrace and correct so hopefully we get some good opportunities and we’ve played well against good team so that part I’m not afraid of.

Q. On Allen Yanes getting the call up for Guatemala’s friendlies against Argentina and Ecuador…

JOHN WOLYNIEC: We know Allen’s a good player and we knew it was just, you know, kind of like I said before, it’s not easy jumping on a live team midseason so we just tried to get him going physically and up to those demands and now he’s like really close to that. You can tell he’s still faded a little bit at the end but again he’s an experienced pro so he’s able to carry himself through in a pretty good way so another good performance from him. Those experiences with national teams are great; they’re character builders, they’re experience builders, they help players get better so we’re all for it. Very excited for him. We’ll miss him but we wish him the best of luck and I’m sure he’ll come back a little bit better.

Q. Difficulty of playing at Lucas Oil Stadium…

JOHN WOLYNIEC: For me it doesn’t bother me. I’ve scored some goals on football fields so the other part, they’re a really good team, they play well home. It’s a little bit of a short week for us but it’s another team that’s close to us in the standings so a team that we need to get some kind of result against. We got to be aggressive and go after it and hopefully the performance is there and hopefully the result goes our way.

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