April 7, 2012
NOT A HAPPY CAMPER
Henry not satisfied despite 4-1 win
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- If you did not know any better, you would have thought the Red Bulls were losing and not beating the Columbus Crew in the waning moments on Saturday.
|Thierry Henry leads MLS with seven goals.
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Team captain and striker Thierry Henry had just scored the fourth and final goal of the Red Bulls' 4-1 romp at Columbus Crew Stadium and the former French international was far from a happy camper.
And that's after connecting for his second goal of the Major League Soccer match and a league-best seven of the young season, Henry was not a happy camper.
As well as the Red Bulls played in the opening half, Henry felt the team experienced a major let down over the final 45 minutes.
"I was pissed with the second half," Henry said. "I think we should do better than that. We were three-nil up away from home. Why are you scared? Why the panic at times in the back? Keep the ball. What else do you want? You still have to work out and you still have to play against Columbus. At the time, I thought in the back we could be more composed.
"The second half be in brackets, a tiny bit easier than what it was. I'm not scared to say it. They could have come back into the game. If they put the ball into the back of the net, it could have been 3-3. That's what I was a bit pissed off when I put the ball into the back of the net. It should have been an easier second half. You have to give them credit. Columbus came back. They fought into it. We should have scored more goals.
Three was more than enough for the Red Bulls in the first half as they dominated play and were lethal finishing en route to a 3-0 halftime lead.
"I thought we played a great first half," Henry said. "I don't think we played well at all in the second half. We ivnited them too much into our box. Overall, we're happy, but personally disappointed in the second half."
The Red Bulls are the hottest team in the league. They have won three consecutive matches, scoring a minimum of four goals in each encounter.
Asked what was the difference between the team's 0-2 start and the last three games, Henry replied, "Less mistakes. Even though you saw the second half, we did a couple that could have been costly. Less mistakes and putting the ball into the back of the net. If you want to win games, every time you have a chance, you have to capitlize on that one, especially away from home. And avoid mistakes. That's what we had done in the first half, especially. Not so much in the second half. I guess being 3-nil up at halftime was enough."