FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution central defender Michael Mancienne acknowledged both his and his teammates’ shortcomings in Saturday night’s 2-2 draw against the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium.
In the Revolution locker room after the game, Mancienne lamented how errors cost his team points by allowing the Fire to take the lead two separate times.
“It’s disappointing to be honest because we dominated so much of the game,” Mancienne said. “Their goals came from two mistakes.
“I made a mistake, Brandon Bye made a mistake in the first half. That’s just bread and butter stuff for me. I’m really disappointed at myself. I’m really angry with myself.”
The two errors in question are visual proof of why the Revolution are currently outside of playoff contention – in the 19th minute, Bye took an errant touch in New England’s end of the field that gave away possession and sent Chicago’s Aleksandar Katai in to open the scoring, and in the 67th minute, just five minutes after Scott Caldwell tied the game for the Revs, Mancienne inadvertently redirected a driven service by Raheem Edwards into his own net to restore the Fire’s lead.
“Normally, I should clear that,” Mancienne said of his own goal. “Maybe it was the turf, it skipped between my legs, but there’s no excuse.
“I was aware of where I was. I knew there was a guy behind me so I had to do something. It just skipped between my legs and I couldn’t sort my feet out because I was running back toward goal.”
With five games left in the regular season, only two of which are at home, the Revolution are running out of chances to gain ground on the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
However, Mancienne is encouraging his teammates to stay positive. As a veteran of the English Premier League, where he played for Chelsea and on loan at Wolverhampton and Queens Park Rangers, Mancienne faced plenty of make or break matches.
“I’ve been in so many games like this,” he said. “A lot of pressure games where you need points to stay up or go up [with relegation]. I’ve done both.
“You have to remain positive. The team has to keep good vibes. We’re still unbeaten in four games and we need to keep it going. We know we can create chances, we just have to stop the mistakes.”