Backe confident New York Red Bulls strikers will hit form soon
New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe is confident that the scoring slump of his side will turn around during the play-offs.
The Eastern Conference table toppers have scored just two goals in their last four matches but the Swedish boss says things for the likes of Juan Pablo Angel will turn swiftly.
“For every striker, goals don’t come for weeks and then they're back scoring,'' Backe said. "That's just the way it is in football. It happens to every striker.
"He's still a very professional player, his work rate is good, his attitude is very good, and he runs into his normal positions in the box. I don’t have an answer; it's just typical. It goes month-to-month, and then you start scoring again. That’s just the way it is.''
Angel, who has netted 13 of the Red Bulls’ 38 goals this term, said he was not concerned with his mini-slump which has seen him score just twice form the penalty spot in his last 10 matches.
"I played well, but I didn’t create any chances and the ball wasn’t coming to me in the area you normally need it to. But I'm not concerned about it,” he said.
The club’s all-time leading scorer also said that the partnership with Thierry Henry has been missing in recent weeks due to the Frenchman’s nagging knee injury.
“Henry has been out for a few games,'' Angel added. "Personally I felt that he and I were finding each other pretty well, and combining well and linking up well. He hasn’t played in a few games and I would’ve liked to think it's us not having him on the field.”