Ghana’s Patrick Nyarko bemoans DC United’s lack of mentality

DC United’s Ghanaian midfielder Patrick Nyarko has bemoaned the overall mentality of the entire DC United squad after they struggled to hold their own against Philadelphia Union over the weekend.

United had to come from behind to snatch a late equalizer in a 2-2 home tie against the Union, a result the Ghanaian midfielder termed as ‘not good enough’.

After 22 weeks in this season’s Major League Soccer (MLS), DC United are currently eighth on the Eastern Conference log and three points less of a playoff spot.

Nyarko believes DC’s current poor form is as a result of the poor mentality of the entire team. He told the official website of the club that he and his teammates will have to lift up their game if they want to secure a playoff spot.

“It’s our mentality. We’ve got to pick up and fight on. It’s not good enough, simple as that. We’ve got a lot of experience in this room to know that we’re letting ourselves down and we’ve got to pick it up.

“The games are running out and we can keep telling ourselves that games are running out and the playoffs spots are being filled, but it’s not good enough. We came back, which is okay, but at the end of the day, we should have won the game.

"Right now, we cannot let ourselves down anymore. We have to pick ourselves back up and win the next game. We’ll start with one and we’ll move onto the next one.”

The Ghanaian midfielder said it was the collective responsibility of the entire playing body to change the current trend.

“We need to address all aspects of the game. Defensively, we’re giving up a lot of goals and we’ve got to fight back and fighting back is not the easiest, so we’ve got to tighten up defensively.

“It’s not just the defenders; it’s all of us. We have to defend as a unit and attack as a unit. Right now, we cannot make mistakes. Mistakes are really costing us and we’re going to make it a point to avoid those mistakes. If we avoid those mistakes, then we have a chance to win some games.”

Nyarko stressed the need for DC United to start picking maximum points at home.

“We cannot wait until the end and wait until we’re desperate to play like that. We’ve got to be forceful from the beginning, we’ve got to force our will and we’ve got to make our intent known that we’re here to win games and that when they come in [RFK Stadium], we’ve got to make it a fortress. We’ve been pretty bad at home this year. We need to start winning out the rest of the season”, the Ghanaian winger concluded.
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