Nicol before the Revolution took on the San Jose Earthquakes on May 21, 2011

Postgame Quotes: Revs 1, Earthquakes 2

On tonight’s win:

“It’s good result. These are games you’ve got to win, and I said at the start of the season we’ve got to be good at home. We started slowly at home, but it’s nice to get back-to-back wins and score some goals here at Buck Shaw. I think that the signs that we are getting a lot better come with every game. We looked solid until they scored that goal, but I never really felt threatened before that. We looked more solid and organized.”

On McLoughlin’s goal:
“Ellis is another good young player. I think that he, and our whole team actually, they’re excited to play when they get the chance. He came into the game and made a difference. He and Amp (Anthony Ampaipitakwong), they changed the game for us; Amp with his energy and Ellis with a great finish.”

On Wondolowski’s position:
“We dropped him back a bit because we they had three central midfielders. He made a great movement to help set up the goal before serving in a terrific ball to Ellis (McLoughlin). He is on a great run right now getting goals or assists in almost every game.”

On his first Major League Soccer goal:

“It was great to finally get on the board and most of all it feels good to get the win. It was a good play by (Jon) Busch, and a great cross by Wondo (Chris Wondolowski). All I could do was put it away. It was good to get my first goal and get my confidence up.”

On getting a second straight victory at home:
“Three good results in a row right now. We’re feeling confident and that shows in our play. The most important thing is that we got a win today. Now we can go into next week’s two games with Chicago with some momentum. We need to keep it going and keep moving up the table.”

Thoughts on the result:
“We certainly didn’t deserve to lose the game. The bottom line is that we made two mistakes and they cost us two goals. We’re disappointed. We had a decent amount of the ball tonight, but would have liked to have created more chances.”

On San Jose:
“I felt we created a few chances and felt pretty comfortable. They (San Jose) didn’t really hurt us all night and ended up with two goals. The second one was a cross that fell into the top corner.”

On officiating:
“The (foul on the) second goal was questionable whether it was a foul or not. He also only played two minutes of extra time. On the possible first-half penalty, it would have been interesting to see what would have happened if it had been at the other end. Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t. I thought it was a penalty, but I’m biased.”
On keys to the game:
“The second half was more of a battle and pretty even up until their goal. Nobody really played that well, but they were able to come up with the first goal and that’s the most important thing. I didn’t see the foul they called on me in the box, they took the free kick quickly and created their chance in transition.”

On experience in MLS so far:
“There have been some ups-and-downs since I arrived. There have been some good games and bad games. That’s what the MLS is all about. It’s a hard fought league and you could see that today. People are going to fight and battle until the end.”

On the game:

“I thought we had the better of the first sixty minutes, especially the first half. We dominated the game, but didn’t come out as strong in the second half. It seemed like there was miscommunication on their first goal, and things just fell apart after that.”

On lack of scoring:
“We were missing that final pass, that last little piece of creativity up top. It’s the same thing that’s been hurting us for a while. We just didn’t find it. If you don’t score goals in this league, you’re not going to win. We have to capitalize better on our possession.”

On free-kick goal:
“Benny and I were deciding who was going to take it. The wall was lined up a bit inside, I saw a little gap and figured if I could get it around that outside guy it would go in and luckily it did.”