Quotes, Stats, Links: Montreal Away Edition

Quotes:

Portland Timbers Quotes

Head coach John Spencer
On the injuries during the match:
"I think Steve Purdy got a concussion and Troy Perkins got a nasty gash on his nose."

Thoughts on the match:
"I don't think we played well at all today. I think that the field was very poor and it matched with our performance. We came in the game a little bit better in the second half, but the penalty call changed momentum."

On turning things around:
"We need to keep a clean sheet on the road, to defend better, and to take responsibility individually and collectively and have stronger performances."

Forward Kris Boyd
Thoughts on the result:
"Montreal played better than us, they worked harder than us, so they deserved the victory. I think the penalty decision changed the game. But we need to look at our performance. It wasn't good enough on the road. We look forward to the game next week."

Midfielder Jack Jewsbury
Thoughts on the match:
"Montreal was playing at home, they've been solid, and we knew they were going to come out hard. First half ended 0-0, so we wanted to at least try to get out of here with a point. We don't know if the penalty kick was deserved, if there was a hand ball or not, but at the end of the day we needed to be better and we weren't good enough tonight."

On getting results on the road:
"I think consistency has been an issue for us on the road. We came out last week again Kansas City, at home, we were winning second balls and had a great game. It's just a matter of finding that consistency on the road now.

Montreal Impact Quotes

Head coach Jesse Marsch
On the result:
"We've felt all along that the team was coming together. No disrespect to Portland, because they have a good team despite their slow start, but this was a dominant performance by us from start to finish."

On Montreal's game plan:
"We've tried hard to work on when to go for those attacking plays, and when to go for that extra pass. We have players that are good with their feet, and we have some fast and explosive players that can create havoc. We are still trying to fine tune that balance on when to do what. If we would have held on to the ball a little longer in the first half, and made that extra pass, we would have had even better opportunities."

Forward Bernardo Corradi
On the team's improvement:
"Things have been getting much better. The precision behind our passes is improving and the finishing as well. Our intensity is getting much higher. We battled today and we managed the game better."

On the team's scoring chances:
"We had opportunities to score today. I missed a good one so if we keep creating these chances, we'll keep scoring goals. The guys who came off the bench created a lot of chances today. We have to continue like this because with so many games coming up this month, we'll need that help from the bench."

Midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic
On the win:
"It's definitely one of our goals to not concede at home and to be tough to play here. The entire group of guys worked towards that in today's game and I think it was a very good performance defensively."

On playing as a sub:
"Right now, the most important thing was to get the three points. We said all along that we've been playing well enough to get results, but we haven't gotten the points. Now, some of those results are coming, so for me personally, I want to keep pushing and make Jesse's job as hard as possible. It's a different preparation coming on as a sub. When you start, you don't know what to expect. When you come on later in the game, you have to prepare yourself mentally for what type of game is being played."

Stats:

Montreal Impact Portland Timbers
14 Attempts on Goal 11
5 Shots on Target 4
4 Shots off Target 6
5 Blocked Shots 1
2 Corner Kicks 3
14 Fouls 10
10 Open Play Crosses 8
3 Offsides 4
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
45 Duels Won 33
56% Duels Won % 41%
440 Total Pass 363
74% Passing Accuracy % 74%
54% Possession 46%

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