Post-Game: Smith on Loss at San Jose
RAPIDS HEAD COACH GARY SMITH ON THE 1-0 LOSS AT SAN JOSE:
"We had some good territorial advantages, good possession; not sure we converted that into too many opportunities or chances.
From the get we held San Jose at bay and limited them to very, very few opportunities as well.
It was a tightly fought, competitive game. Not anything more than I expected. And the goal’s offside - nil-nil."
On not being able on to turn the possession into more:
"I think it’s down to a well-drilled and strong San Jose group.
I thought we had a lot of possession in the first period; individuals that we really look to, to be creative, to make the most of opportunities - I thought their form deserted them a bit tonight.
Omar (Cummings) was below par; nothing wrong with the amount of effort and the passion to make things happen. But some of his choices and his quality were strange.
And I said to young Qunicy (Amarikwa), who did great right at the end and finds himself in a wonderful position, and makes a strange choice.
Those choices on the end of some good build up play – thought our shape looked good; thought we worked down the sides at San Jose nicely; got in some good areas – and then didn’t achieve, really, what we needed. And at this point of the season, that’s the key for us: to make sure we’re more consistent in that final third, that certain individuals forms are more consistent.
But no issues what-so-ever with the way the group performed. As I said, I thought we passed the ball extremely good at times. There was some nice rotation in that midfield area. Conor (Casey) held the ball up great.
Second period, given the fact we were one-nil down, I would have liked seen us be a little bit brighter in the final third; but it wasn’t to be tonight."