USL Post-Game Reaction: John Wolyniec | 5/1/19

New York Red Bulls II Head Coach John Wolyniec

 

On incorporating a number of first-team players into the lineup…

Birmingham is a good team. They have good players, so it wasn’t easy for us tonight. They had some injuries and that certainly slowed them down. But yeah, it is difficult when we change guys and stuff and, in some ways, it’s also benefited, especially on a short week when we only have two days between games. It helps us, you know, having a big roster in that sense. So, yeah, it’s always pros and cons and dealing with it and credit to our guys today. For the most part, they did a good job of gelling, so to speak.

 

On the key to stopping Birmingham…

That’s a good question. We’ve been pretty good defensively and we’ve had some moments where we slipped. Today, you know, we gave up the first real chances of the game - I think it was Hoffman. A little bit lucky in that sense. But we didn’t give up much, you know, again, they had some struggles with some injuries and being shorthanded, but our guys came up and were ready for the task. We were aggressive, running at them and pushing them into their half and that always lets us get our defense set up and that certainly helped up. We limited their set pieces for the most part. You could see that gave us a little bit of trouble today so, maybe a little fortunate in that area. When we get shutouts, we are good. We’ve probably only tied 0-0 a couple times in the five years I’ve had the team and then you can see that when we’re good defensively and limit the other team and we get our goal, that our style can kind of run up the score a little bit in that sense. So, again, credit to the defenders. We’ve been pretty good all year.

 

On the team’s offense this season…

In the past we’ve talked about how the style is the creator. I think last year we ended up leading both USL and MLS in chances created. I’m sure we’re somewhere around there again. It’s just the way we play. That’s not always the most important thing but it’s something that we feel like we’re good at. Again, we feel like we’re getting the right pieces. Tom has been phenomenal - he’s a great example of that. Jared comes on in a good way at the end of the half and obviously Derek and Andy were pretty dangerous most of the game. We’re always trying to be aggressive and when you’re aggressive you end up getting chances, and today a lot of them went in. We feel good about where we’re at and the players that we use up front and we have depth.

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