New England Revolution head coach Steve Nicol says this week’s schedule could potentially hurt his club as they have to tackle the next two games with a shortage of players.
The 1-1 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday saw two Revs players, Kheli Dube and Joseph Niouky sent off, meaning they will miss Wednesday’s home clash with Chivas USA and Nicol is worried about going into the match.
“The one thing that actually hurts us as much as anything — never mind having to play with nine men — the amount of games we have this month, we play Wednesday, we play away Saturday,” Nicol said.
“We have nine, 10 guys who have played an extra 25 minutes [under pressure while playing two men short], that’s going to affect them on Wednesday. We’re not only getting punished for [last] night, we’re getting punished on Wednesday and Saturday, as well.’’
And Nicol believes that Dube’s red card was not warranted.
“Dube deserves a yellow, he’s second to the ball, but to give him a straight red is just not right,’’ he added.
On a good note for the Revs, the good form of Zack Schilawski continued as he netted his fourth goal of the term following some good lead-up play by Dube.
“When I saw that, I said I’ve just got to get in the box,’’ Schilawski said. “Just instincts as a forward, just get in there and if there’s a play that can be made you can make it.
“Kheli made it happen for me and I was able to get a toe on it. It just felt like a slide tackle and I looked up and saw I was able to get something on it.’’