Jo Inge Berget: “You win games if you score goals. It’s as easy as that.” (Photo courtesy of MLS)
MONTREAL — Perhaps Jo Inge Berget said it best about New York City FC’s recent problems, which has translated into a six-game winless streak.
“You win games if you score goals. It’s as easy as that,” he said. “If you score many goals each game, you’re most likely going to win many games. And these last games we haven’t really scored. We created loads of chances. Maybe not today but the last few games. And we just can’t get it in the net.”
The numbers back up the Norwegian striker. In City’s last six games — an 0-3-3 record — the team has scored exactly four goals.
While his team did not bring home three points, head coach Domenec Torrent was encouraged by his team’s performance.
“We played much better the last three or four games away,” he said after the team’s latest 1-1 draw, this time at the Montreal Impact Saturday night. “The performance has been much better. We had the control of the game, but they used the counterattack. Especially the last fifteen minutes in the first half. They decided to defend deep. They are a dangerous team when they make a counterattack. We knew that. But we controlled them well. The most important thing for us is we kept the ball, we controlled 70 percent of the game.”
But that doesn’t always translate into three points in MLS.
Still, Berget is optimistic NYCFC can turn things around, find the net and accrue some points in its final four matches.
“We know the quality of the players we have here that it is going to come,” he said. “It’s just about giving that extra 5 percent and that little bit of luck as well. I’m sure it is going to come and when they do, hopefully they’re going to come for all of us.”