Jonny Steele said he was delighted to have contributed to a big New York Red Bull victory over New England Revolution on the weekend.
The Irish midfielder had a hand in Dax McCartyâ€™s fourth-minute opener, supplied Thierry Henry for his 82nd minute finish and scored the Red Bullsâ€™ fourth goal with a simple tap-in at the end as the Red Bulls won 4-1 at Red Bull Arena.
Steele had been dropped for the midweek loss to Sporting Kansas City but responded well by putting in a brilliant performance as New York moved up to fourth on the Eastern Conference table.
â€śHe (head coach Mike Petke) said he was just going to change the dynamics of the team and I can respect his decision. Heâ€™s the manager, he makes the calls. I was disappointed, but I came in and worked hard and he rewarded me with being back in the team,â€ť said Steele. â€śI thanked God tonight I showed him.
â€śI just think if you respondâ€¦ I donâ€™t think you got to look for a response on what he was going to play. Itâ€™s his decisions to make is not mine, what more can I say. He took a say and I respect him for taking a say and being a man to me and telling me why I wasnâ€™t on the team. He then took me aside and tells me Iâ€™m going to be on the team.â€ť
Steeleâ€™s teammate Henry was also buoyed by the showing of the former Wolves youth.
â€śHe had a brilliant game. The only thing missing (before) was he was very composed on the final third of the field. He shouldâ€™ve had more assists in the beginning of the season, but guys didnâ€™t score on some of his passes. But he had a great game,â€™â€™ said Henry.
â€śHe understands the game. He gave me the ball at the right time. Itâ€™s great to have a guy like that on the team.â€ť