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Timbers OK with comeback point vs. rivals

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm with 1 Comment »
September 15, 2012 4:55 pm

Here’s some Portland Timbers reaction after their come-from-behind 1-1 draw with the Sounders today:

GM and interim coach GAVIN WILKINSON
General thoughts on the match:
“It took us a while to find the game, in my opinion, and once we did, we started stringing passes together. I thought our response after we conceded that goal was first class. I think the next passage of play, we kept the ball moving. We went from side to side, and we started to develop a little bit of rhythm. I think that was an important response by the players, and I’m pleased with that. You always worry how a goal is going to affect the team, and our team responded positively. After that, when we were down to 10 men, it was tough to manage, but I thought we were unlucky not to come away with a little bit more. I think there was one that came across their goal line from the inside of the post. That could’ve changed things a little bit more. But happy with the response.”

On how Ricketts leaving the match affected the team: “I think mentally, again, you go back to we let the ball bounce, we didn’t charge the first one, we got beat on the second one. And Joe [Bendik], it was his introduction into the game … We probably should’ve played with a little bit more of a stronger mentality in that situation. Charge the ball a little bit higher up the field and get him [Bendik] a touch on the ball. The first touch on the ball for him was picking it up out of the back of the net. I thought his mentality, his character showed, and his response. I think he made a fantastic save there, and it was positive from everybody. I think it was an entertaining game.”

On having to go on the road to have a chance to win Cascadia Cup:
“We’ll accept coming away with a tie. I think coming back from a goal down. If you’re a goal up, and you give that away, it’s three points lost. I think we salvaged a point today. As I said, unlucky not to take all three. I think most of the second half, performance from us was very, very positive. At least we clawed ourselves back into the game. We gave the fans something to be excited about, and kept the Cascadia Cup very, very much alive, and benefitting us, I hope. We’ll go on the road, we have great fan support on the road, and we still get to bring it back to Portland, hopefully, if and when.”

On getting a draw:

“I think it’s good to see us come back, especially in a huge game like that. Obviously, a bit disappointed, because we wanted to raise the trophy in front of the home fans. But now, we got a little bit more work to do.”

On how the Wallace goal energized the team:
“Yeah, it was huge … You want to continue to press. I thought we did that. We had three or four corners there toward the end of the game. We were able to finish that one. There was another one where Bright [Dike] hits the post. I thought we continued to press. Obviously, the last five minutes, when Diego [Chara] goes down, the game changes a little bit, and just trying to preserve the tie. But overall, I thought everybody fought hard. The energy was there, like you’d expect in a game like this.”

On what it meant to come back from a 1-0 deficit:
“I think we have a belief in one another that maybe we didn’t have earlier in the season, that we’re not going to put our heads down when we go down a goal, and give up a second and third. We have the belief in one another, and this is a confident group. I think we’re playing well, and maybe on another day, we get out of here with three points.”

His feeling on getting the goal:
“Just excited. Just excited that I got this opportunity, and ended on a good note. I think the team played well today, and we just got to build from this performance. Unfortunate that we didn’t get the win, but we just got to keep fighting and keep grinding it out.”

On getting his first goal of the year in this game:
“Playing in front of these fans, and against a rival like that, it’s a great feeling.”

On the feeling after coming away with the draw after being down:
“It’s always good to get the point. If you’re a goal down, you always want to get a goal. You always want to win the game, but unlucky it just didn’t go our way with the shot at the end that [Bright] Dike hit the post. But overall, it was a good performance.”

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  1. EverydayFan says:

    Wilkinson: “we’ll accept coming away with a tie…”
    Jewsbury: “great to see us come back”
    Wallace: “just excited…”

    Spoken like the true cellar dwellers they are.

    How’s the view from down there, dudes?

    Go Sounders

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