FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – In the wake of Saturday’s disheartening loss to FC Dallas, New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps stated the need for widespread improvement from his side.
The Revs mustered just one shot in the first half and despite showing a bit of life after the interval – registering eight shots, including four on target – the frustrating result left Heaps wanting more in all facets of the game.
“It was a tough game for us,” Heaps said. “Our second half was much better than our first half. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. We have to get better in a lot of areas, from the coaches to the players; every aspect of the game. From offensive set pieces to defensive set pieces to moving the ball to attacking to defending; all areas of the game we need to get better.”
After the Revolution’s single-striker setup produced just one goal through the first three matches, Heaps shook things up on Saturday by partnering Ryan Guy up top with Jerry Bengtson and deploying Diego Fagundez on the left wing.
Heaps said the addition of Fagundez was to spark the attack, while Guy’s inclusion was intended to extend the field and give the Revs a bit of penetration behind the FC Dallas backline.
“We wanted to be aggressive,” Heaps said. “You saw what we were trying to do in the second half. The first half was really just not good enough quite frankly. I think we exerted a lot of energy just to stay in the game in the first half. In the second half when we needed to have a little bit more kick, a little bit more bite, we didn’t have it.”
The loss leaves the Revs (1-2-1) with four points heading into the bye weekend, while the shutout leaves them scoreless since Jerry Bengtson’s 62nd-minute goal in the season-opening win over Chicago. With two weeks to prepare for their trip to face Seattle Sounders FC, the Revs know there’s work to be done.
“I thought tonight we had chances to score and we didn’t,” said Heaps. “So we go back and work harder as a staff, as a team to take care of those chances when we get them.”