Marc Burch sat in the locker room in Portland a very disappointed man. But as he explained, it was more than the defeat in Portland that was on his mind. It was the broader view of the current difficult spell and how to end it.
Prost Amerika: You were clearly all very disappointed at the full time whistle, how bad does this feel, to lose the derby game?
Marc Burch: It’s not just the derby games, it’s the last seven results. We haven’t won and it’s getting frustrating. We have fallen behind too many times and had to work back.
I have no doubt we were the better team, more menacing than they were, but, you know, they got two goals and we lost.
Prost Amerika: Does that frustration maybe account for some of the things that are going on in stoppage time?
Marc Burch: Oh definitely, I mean, people are going to get frustrated and when you get frustrated you do stupid things. We need to keep cooler heads and make sure that the team is the most important thing because I think when you do things like that it takes away from the team. Not just for this game but for next game and it’s happened three games in a row now. They are not all definitely reds, but you know if you get someone off the ball it’s a red card and now we don’t have him for the next game. It’s frustrating to lose him.
Prost Amerika: Is there a feeling that just one or two of these key players coming back from injury might just turn the key here or is there something else?
Marc Burch: Yea, I hope so. It’s not just that. It’s definitely not just the injuries, we have the players to win, we have had the players to win every game but we have to do it, we got to be on the field. I don’t think they created two goals off incredible plays.
One was a free kick, that’s pretty much the only thing they are known for doing really well and they did it. And the other one was just, you know, missing a mark. You can’t let someone be that open in the box. So I don’t think they were incredible. You know, I thought they had a little more fight than us in the first 45, but…I thought we brought it in the second half. And we still had chances in the first half. It definitely wasn’t a 2-1 game then.
Prost Amerika: Sigi mentioned that there were some communication issues earlier, how are things at the back with communication?
Marc Burch: I think they are all right. I mean I don’t think it was communication on the goals. I don’t think there was much communication wrong on any of the plays either. A guy slipped behind Jhon and its loud here. Even if I scream for him, he probably isn’t going to hear. But that’s not a play I need to let him know what was going on. He knows where his man was and he thought he was offsides but he wasn’t. You know, it’s not bad communication I think everybody’s doing fine.
Prost Amerika: Is there any advantage that you can get back out on the field very very quickly and put this one behind you?
Marc Burch: Yeah I hope so. It’s the open cup and you know it’s definitely really important to this club and this team and getting wins is important so we need to get a winning mentality and hopefully I can start on Tuesday and we can carry it to New England.
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