Postgame Quotes | #MADvMIN | Minnesota United F.C.

Head Coach Adrian Heath

On the line-up changes from Saturday to tonight’s game and the squad’s performance…

“I thought we were excellent all night. by Matt [Glaeser] I have a very good little group here. They are well organized, they are very motivated and we knew it was going to be difficult. But we set ourselves up early on, we kept playing the ball wide, stretching them as far as we could. I am not Tyler [Miler] had one stop to make all evening. Against a very motivated and well organized team, I think it was a very professional and disciplined performance by our guys, in really difficult conditions.

On Adrien Hunou’s goal tonight, next to the one he scored on Sunday…

“Yeah, always. Nothing like goals for a striker to regain confidence. At least for Adrian [Hunou] obviously, I thought he was working really, really hard. I thought of Nabi [Kibunguchy] and Brent Kallman were fabulous at times, and most of the team was. Like I said, it was a tough night. We knew. The TV cameras were there for a reason, they thought there might be an upset, that’s what they always do in these Cup games. To come away with a 2-0 win, which was probably comfortable in the end, I’m really, really happy.

If he thought Adrien Hunou looked more comfortable as number 10…

“Well, I think he likes that more. I think he likes to drift around the pitch, taking little pockets of space behind players in midfield and trying to connect and combine. But like I told him, you still have to get in the box. At the end of the say, our attacking player is on the pitch for one thing: either you score a goal or you score the goal. The other things , defensive situation, hard work, is a no-brainer That should be a given The reason you pay money for your leading men is to score and score goals that’s what people the most expensive in football.”

On how many extra goals Adrien could have had with the chances created…

“Could have had?” Could have had a few in the first half. He had a good head then that of this goalkeeper [Phil Breno] made a very good save, the very close one, he would probably like that back. And then the one that I think was Fish [Oniel Fisher] cut, he hit the target but he probably thinks he probably could have done a little better with it. But overall, I think it will do his trust well.

In the team that breaks through with two decisive goals…

“Well the delivery was good but more importantly we attacked spaces like we talked about. Brent Kallman is very good when he’s not trying to reach and fight for the ball he just gets in place and hopes to fight for the ball if it gets in his way, which happened with his goal.Then Adrien [Hunou] found that little nook in between.

On who impressed players on the night who didn’t play many first-team minutes…

“I thought Nabi [Kibunguchy]]was great. I don’t really remember any mistakes on his part, certainly not major ones. I thought Joseph [Rosales] used the ball very well in midfield. All in all, I thought it was a really professional performance from a really good band who were determined to get a result tonight.

On where he sees Nabi Kibunguchy playing permanently given his minutes as defensive midfielder, centre-back and full-back…

“Tonight’s performance gave us food for thought because he’s faster than people think. He is chased for playing at the back and in midfield, he is comfortable with the ball, has a good passing range so he can play through the back very well. He is having a very good night, I was happy for him.

On the vibe at Breese Stevens Field…

“They have a great little setup here. There was a good atmosphere in the stadium. I don’t think you could really see on TV, but the conditions weren’t ideal for people coming to watch the football. But they did it, they came out, they supported their team and they can be very proud of what they did tonight. Very professional. They took very good care of us and that bodes well for their future, that’s for sure. It’s a club that can grow.

On Aziel Jackson’s performance tonight and his success with MNUFC2 so far this season…

“We know there is talent there with AZ [Aziel Jackson]. What we don’t know is that he has the drive and enthusiasm to bring it every day. We had a few words a few weeks ago and I think he answered them. He’s been training harder and that’s what got him his little opportunity tonight. You work hard in training, you play well in reserve team games, then you put yourself in the manager’s thoughts and that’s what he did. But he must maintain now. Riding Monday through Friday and expecting to turn it on at the weekend doesn’t work, never worked, never will. We are quite demanding with him and if he listens to that, works really hard, then maybe he has a chance to have a career.

On Chase Gasper’s return to the field and his immediate yellow card…

“No, and the way the ref was throwing the cards at the end, I was worried he would also get a red. Luckily he didn’t. It was nice to involve him in the group , nice to buy him a few minutes again, albeit in difficult circumstances. He certainly had fun.

On the status of the band that stayed in Minnesota…

“No, the only problem we have at home is Patrick [Weah]which is long-term, and Romain [Metanire]. i think jo [Joseph Rosales] took a little hit tonight, not sure how bad it will be. We’ll have a better idea tomorrow morning. But it seems like everyone got away with it unscathed. The group we left behind worked very hard today and everyone will be here tomorrow.

On the weather conditions…

“It was Windy Night in Stoke City, that’s what everyone talks about. It was about one of those nights. All we were missing was Rory Delap. It would have made you feel at home. It was difficult conditions but it’s the same for both teams and we get used to it.

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