(New England’s Diego Fagundez gets a step on NYCFC – USA Today Sports)
New York City Football Club got another goal from Frank Lampard, but it was not enough, as they fell to the New England Revolution, 3-1, Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
Juan Agudelo was played behind the NYCFC defense and put the Revolution in front in the 21st minute. Lee Nguyen made it 2-0 New England in the 42nd minute.
Lampard pulled NYCFC a goal back four minutes into the second half when he knocked in RJ Allen’s cross at the edge of the six-yard box. This was Allen’s sixth assist of the season, and Andrea Pirlo also had an assist, his 10th of the year.
This was Lampard’s 12th goal of the season, and he has seven goals in his last seven games.
Diego Fagundez struck from the top of the 18-yard box to give New England a big 3-1 lead in the 58th minute.
NYCFC fell to 12-8-9, 44 points, in second place in the Eastern Conference.
New York City FC Head Coach Patrick Vieira
On New England’s performance: “I think they played much better than us tonight and they fully deserved to win the game.”
On New York City FC’s performance: “I think we didn’t play at all. I think we lacked the desire to compete against them. We lacked of creativity on the field and when you don’t have that, it is difficult to play football matches – any type of football matches.
On trying to regain focus following the loss: “Work even harder and keep pushing, keep challenging my players, and keep working harder.”
New York City FC Forward Jack Harrison
On the match: “It was a tough game, I spoke about it before, we just didn’t approach the game with the right mentality and the right intensity that we needed and we only realized it in the second half and by that time it was too late. I think we just need to focus on that in the future.”
On how to get the momentum back going forward: “I think it starts off, start the week in training. That’s the best plan to start working out from the start of the week and then that kind of sets you up nicely for the weekend, but I said it all starts with the start of the week.”
On if they are frustrated or keeping a level head: “I think we’re trying to keep a level head, I think that’s the best thing to do right now. You review this and see what we can do best here and then put it behind us and look on to the next game. I think it will be important doing that to start next week.”
New York City FC Defender RJ Allen
On the match: “It’s a disappointing result, absolutely. We just weren’t good enough tonight to get what we wanted out of the match. Overall, we just need to be better, and tonight we gave the ball away in a couple of bad spots and they punished us for it.”
On Coach Vieira’s message when he came on as a substitute at halftime: “Just to provide something. Just try to get forward and help the team the best way I can doing what I do – and that’s keeping the ball and providing an assist. In the beginning of the half, it was a good start to the half, but then we gave up that third one and we kind of made it difficult on ourselves after that.”
On moving on after the loss: “I think we need to learn from this, first and foremost. We need to go home, we need to review tomorrow first thing, and just bounce back. We have two home games coming up. Two of the most important games of the year. Six points is a must.”