Ryan Nelsen almost produced the perfect road tactics to guide Toronto FC to a vital away win on the weekend.
The Reds led Philadelphia Union by a goal after leading scorer Robert Earnshawâ€™s fifth of the season in the 71st minute at PPL Park but conceded to Jack McInerney in injury-time after Ashtone Morgan was sent off for a second yellow card with two minutes remaining.
Despite the late leveller, Nelsen was pleased with the teamâ€™s performance which recorded their first point on the road in 2013 and first away from home since August last year.
â€śIt kind of went according to plan, and unfortunately the sending off had an impact,â€ť former New Zealand skipper Nelsen said.
â€śUnfortunately, we could not see the job done. I thought the guys were brilliant. They worked very hard. They defended really well. And when they were asked to be accountable, they were. It was a very silly sending off and it cost us.
â€śWhen you are 1-0 up going into the last couple of minutes, you like to see the game through. I know we would have if we had had 11 men. Obviously the sending off caused a momentum swing and we couldnâ€™t really get on the ball to kill time.â€ť