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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Union 1-1 Columbus: Postgame quotes

From the good people in the Columbus PR department, some select quotes from the Union and Crew after their 1-1 draw today.

Crew midfielder Eddie Gaven, left, and Union forward Jack McInerney
fight for the ball in the second half of a 1-1 draw Saturday. (AP)

Union manager John Hackworth 

On the result tonight’s result:

"It was one of those crazy games. I thought we were the much better team in the first half and should have had multiple goals, but we just kept on missing opportunities. Then, in the second half, they [the Columbus Crew] were really good and the tide turned a little bit on us. It was frustrating to give one up and I thought we were going to steal one ourselves. We had a couple really good looks, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Columbus is a really good team. Obviously I’ve seen a lot of their games and they are one of the best teams in the league. To come into a good stadium where we have never got any points, we have to walk away and say to ourselves, 'that was a good result.'"

On first-half tactics:

"What we felt we could do against them, we were able to do it. We got in behind them a couple of times and that was key. What was unfortunate was that we did not take advantage of those opportunities because they were all really good looks."

Midfielder Brian Carroll
On securing the Union’s first-ever point in Crew Stadium:

"A draw is certainly better than nothing. I felt we had a good game plan and executed that for the most part. On a different day, maybe we finish a few more chances and get out of here with our first three points ever. But a point is better than nothing and we just have to build on it."

On first-half tactics: "The guys were just taking positive touches and moving the ball around quickly. We got behind them, not with ease, but we got behind them in very dangerous situations and should have put a couple more away. Credit to the guys [the Columbus Crew defenders] for getting to their positions and making it difficult on us. We just have to continue that pressure and gain more possession. I’m proud of the effort; we just have to build on it."

On Jack McInerney’s goal: "It was just great combination play. We were ahead on a break with numbers and the finish was calm, cool and collected. Great sequence and we had few more great sequences like that. With time, and as the season goes along, we’ll finish those off a little better."

Defender Amobi Okugo:
On earning a point in Crew Stadium:

"We knew the task at hand coming in to Columbus having not won here before. The boys fought hard. We got a good early goal, but we should have had more. We put the pressure on them, but then they put the pressure back on us in the second half and we held firm."

On bouncing back after the loss in New York:

"We know that on the road we’re going to have to fight. We learned a lot about ourselves with [Thierry] Henry scoring a late goal. So when it got towards the 80th minute, the whole backline lead the team and stood firm. Luckily, we came away with a good result."

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