Needed energy came from backup generators
FOXBOROUGH - Substitutes gave the Revolution a spark in a 2-0 win over FC Dallas last night. Ryan Guy and Kenny Mansally provided the speed and Ryan Cochrane stabilized the defense, as well as assisting on the second goal.
“When you put subs in they have to make a difference and they did,’’ Benny Feilhaber said. “They helped out and gave the guys who were in more life.’’
Cochrane replaced Franco Coria (leg muscle tightness) and provided a flick-on of a corner kick on Rajko Lekic’s 85th-minute goal.
“We didn’t sit back,’’ defender A.J. Soares said. “We got the ball and pressed up the field. The perfect play that epitomized that was when Ryan Guy got the ball and played a few 1-2s, and really pumped it up the right side.
“It just shows when you’re winning the game you’ve still got to attack them, you can’t just let them come at you. That epitomized our attitude we’re not going to sit back, we’re going to still go and attack them, we’re going to score another goal and we did. That’s why it felt a little better, we didn’t feel like we were just getting attacked the whole time.
“It’s not risk-taking, but it’s still attacking. We’re not thinking we’re just holding this game and we’re going to win, 1-nil. Your legs are dying at that point in the game and you’ve got to just say I’m going to make a 60-yard run up the field because that’s what my team needs.’’
Leading by example Shalrie Joseph scored his eighth goal of the season last night and is on pace to lead the Revolution in scoring for the second time in three years.
But Joseph is willing to relinquish his role as penalty-kick specialist. In the tie at Philadelphia, Lekic earned a penalty on a throw-in, then successfully chipped the goalkeeper early in the first half.
“At end of the day, it doesn’t matter who takes it as long as it goes in, everybody’s happy,’’ said Joseph, the franchise’s all-time leader with 12 successful penalties in 15 attempts. “I’m a defensive midfielder and if a forward wants to score and it’s going to help his confidence and help him with the team - the next day he’s going to come out fighting and he’s going to want to get another one.
“But my confidence will always be high and if he wants that little boost, it’s going to help the team in the long run.’’
Right-hand man Monsef Zerka scored in his Revolution debut, a 4-4 tie at Philadelphia last Wednesday. “The balance he gives us on that right-hand side, you know when he gets it that pretty much we’re keeping it or he’s going to do something constructive with it and positive,’’ Nicol said.
Frank Dell’Apa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.