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Steve Nicol Quotes

If we had won the game, we don't get points for it. This is a good reminder. It doesn't matter who you play against, you've got to do the right things. You've got to make decisions, pass the ball. If you don't, it doesn't happen. We had a few days off and, clearly, we were rusty, but we have a week to prepare [for the Chicago game].
Steve Nicol
#Game

The other options on the bench were either guys who weren't 100 percent fit or ones who were very inexperienced. We felt that, if we could get the ball and get it out of our own half, that we had the right men on the field.
Steve Nicol
#Bench

Andy's got great soccer ability, which is why he's been in the league so long. It's not that he doesn't work hard, but we have to get guys who will kick and spit and punch to get results.
Steve Nicol
#Ability

(Ralston) is 100 percent fit but he's had one week's training since November. He'll be on the bench. He's not going to start the game -- he's not ready for that, but we may ease him back in. If the opportunity arises and we can get him some time then we will.
Steve Nicol
#Bench

It's going to be tough; they'll have their crowd behind them. The players have to enjoy the atmosphere, take it and use it to their own benefit. We'd love to be playing in front of rip-roaring crowds every week and we get the chance now, so let's see how we deal with it.
Steve Nicol
#Atmosphere

I think everyone settled down; everybody's completely in tune with what is going on, and winning games builds confidence. But the biggest one is that we are playing for each other and that's huge.
Steve Nicol
#Confidence

It was hard to tell who was in their preseason and who wasn't.
Steve Nicol
#Hard

Our good shape was huge. We could've been better with the ball, surely. But the reason we had the clean sheet was the back three did very well. And when we lost the ball, we always had somebody defending, within distance to close the ball down. Our shape was strong.
Steve Nicol
#Reason

In the games we have played we have had plenty of opportunities in front of goal and the more you do it, the better you get at it. Had we been scoring 100 goals, we wouldn't have stopped what we have been doing, so just because we haven't been hitting the net as regularly as we would have like, at this stage we aren't going to change anything.
Steve Nicol
#Games

We need to do our thing. Clearly they have got some players that can hurt us so we need to defend the way we have been defending and give people little room to maneuver. When you are playing against a couple of strikers like Johnson and Wolff, unless you do that, they're going to give you trouble.
Steve Nicol
#Hurt

We're certainly in there in enough games. We can't get a break.
Steve Nicol
#Games

I think the fact that we were forcing the game and we were away from home in Kansas City, who is undefeated, kind of tells you that the backbone of team. We did make changes, we were forced into a couple of changes, but it never knocked us off our straight, we kept pushing forward. But we just never got that break in the penalty box when we needed it. It's just not running for us in the penalty box at the moment.
Steve Nicol
#Home

He has a track record as a full international and comes from one of the top college programs in the country.
Steve Nicol
#College

He just turns up every game and wants to score goals.
Steve Nicol
#Goals

He's really blessed with an ability in the box, ... It's something all guys who score goals have inside them. There are certain guys who just love to score goals, and he's one of them.
Steve Nicol
#Ability

With the stretch we had [five games in 15 days] and the altitude, we couldn't play the 3-5-2. We changed the system because it was a lot to ask, under the conditions, for the two wide guys. We felt we had to be solid. But we could have been 3-0 up at the half. If we had put away our chances, it would have been a different game.
Steve Nicol
#Games

As far as passion and guys and courage are concerned, this lot's got it in abundance. And that's what won us the game. They are always looking to win and that commitment and togetherness pulled us through again.
Steve Nicol
#Courage

I think at halftime basically we were second best. Whether it was winning balls or whether it was playing soccer or passing the ball or whatever, we were second best.
Steve Nicol
#Soccer

It has been hard on [Dorman] because he was doing well. This is a tough place to get a game. But things happen and he has gotten back in the lineup.
Steve Nicol
#Game

We aren't getting penalties for whatever reason. I thought it was a penalty myself.
Steve Nicol
#Reason

I don't see anybody close to him. To anchor the defense as a rookie, play every minute of every game, and play with consistency, there should be no debate about it. His ability and temperament are ideal for the position.
Steve Nicol
#Defense

Sealy has scored some good goals, one against us.
Steve Nicol
#Goals

We have nothing to be ashamed of. The effort and the way we tried to do things and the commitment was superb. Until we went one down, we were the team that was really pushing the ball. We were the ones really putting the pressure on. And even when we went to 10 men, we kept going at them. So we can have no complaints. It's one of those nights where it just never happened for us in the final third.
Steve Nicol
#Commitment

We've scored all kinds of goals this year. We've scored some lovely goals passing and moving and some lovely individual play. And we've scored some scruffy goals.
Steve Nicol
#Goals

We have no interest in what anyone else does. We need 4 points in two games [to clinch first place] and that is all we are looking at.
Steve Nicol
#Games

I think we deserve it. We have had some good results at home and away from home. Tonight we should have won, even though we were two down but we felt we could get something. We said at halftime that 30 of the 45 minutes we played some decent stuff and felt we were in charge. There was just a period of eight to 10 minutes where we lost it and they got both their goals. It took a couple minutes after giving up the second one before we got back in it.
Steve Nicol
#Home

We've definitely tried to take the romance out of the game. You don't want to be thinking about playoffs and finals and the like. We want to do away with that, and put it down to your professionalism, ability and concentration all the things that we've done all season. Just try and make it another game.
Steve Nicol
#Romance

I think it's been a steady focus. So far this year we've done it, and we need to continue to do it. It's good to hear the guys think that way; that's where they want to go.
Steve Nicol
#Focus

I thought he was going to run a half marathon after he scored. He took it well and everyone is pleased for him.
Steve Nicol
#Marathon

The last two seasons we have played away in that game. And it definitely puts you on the back foot. We are absolutely delighted to be playing here but we have to take advantage of it. You don't just turn up and get the win, you have to put the work in.
Steve Nicol
#Seasons