Phil Neville says Inter Miami “defended like little boys” towards FC Cincinnati

Inter Miami managed a chaotic 4-4 draw towards FC Cincinnati on Saturday evening at DRV PNK Stadium, as objectives from Chris McVey and Gonzalo Higuain equalized efforts from Brenner and Brandon Vazquez.

But head coach Phil Neville was unimpressed with the rating and bemoaned his aspect’s poor defensive efficiency that allowed the 4 objectives at dwelling.

“We defended like little boys, we defended naively, we didn’t compete, we lacked discipline and concentration. And that’s unacceptable, unacceptable. Simple balls into the box that we didn’t handle. Simple bits of concentration we didn’t handle,” Neville mentioned after the match.

“We’re at the stage of the season where concentration is most important, concentration will win you football games and it’s not going to be easy; you just have to defend and do the right things all the time and defensively we were as poor as we’ve been throughout season… We prepared them all week for what we were going to face and it feels like it’s a massive, massive, massive two-point loss.”

Gonzalo Higuain opened the scoring within the twenty third minute, earlier than Brenner matched his efforts simply 5 minutes later. The similar factor occurred once more, with a objective from Higuain coming in three minutes earlier than Brenner’s second.

A final-minute penalty by the workforce captain impressed Inter Miami to enter half-time with the higher hand, however solely FC Cincinnati got here again stronger to regain the lead.

Goals by Brandon Vazquez within the 81st and 86th minutes had the followers considering it was throughout, however Chris McVey had the ultimate say with an extra time objective to ship DRV PNK right into a frenzy and earn a degree.

“I feel positive,” Neville mentioned, referring to his workforce’s offensive output. “I feel very positive, but the standard that we set as a team is that you still have to take the fact that defensively it was unacceptable to go to that Cincinnati team.”

The outcome leaves Inter Miami in eleventh place within the Eastern Conference desk with 26 factors from 22 video games and a document of 7W-10L-5D. With 12 video games remaining, the workforce nonetheless has the potential to land an MLS playoff berth.

“We’re in the winning business. We’ve got 12 cup finals to go. We can’t hang around, we’ve got to go for it. I still believe, and I’ve got to look back at the game, I’ve got to look back at the goals, but those were individual mistakes, individual errors, individual lapses in concentration, Neville said.

“It wasn’t structural stuff. And what pissed me off is that for a cut up second we shut down and we bought penalized.”

Neville acknowledged the harsh undertones of his comments and insisted that criticism can propel the team to glory.

“Sometimes you may have to take criticism in life,” Neville said. ?And these days people don’t like criticism, but I’ve praised them enough. I have trusted them enough. Tonight we have to take criticism as a team. Some of the things I saw were brilliant, and some of them were unacceptable and we have to use that anger, that frustration, that feeling that we have now to go on a road trip to win football games.”

The workforce returns to motion on Wednesday after they go to the San Jose Earthquakes at Paypal Park.

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