Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rowe Scores Twice as Revolution Extends Impact Slump with 3-1 Win

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rowe Scores Twice as Revolution Extends Impact Slump with 3-1 Win

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Rowe scores two as Revs down Impact 3-1

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MONTREAL - Coach Mauro Biello spoke of mental fragility on the Montreal Impact in recent weeks, but that only seems to apply when they are at home.

Given a chance to widen the gap with one of the teams chasing them for a playoff spot, the Impact gave up a goal in the opening minute and fell 3-1 to the New England Revolution before a full house of 20,801 at the suddenly very un-fortresslike Saputo Stadium on Saturday night.

Didier Drogba scored the lone goal on a penalty for Montreal (9-9-4), which has only one win in seven games. Perhaps more alarmingly, the Impact are 0-3-1 and have conceded 11 goals in their last four home games. In the midst of that, while away from home, they had a rousing 1-0 win in Toronto and a draw in Washington, D.C.

"It's a bit of a self-fulfilling prophesy at the moment," said goalkeeper Evan Bush. "We have had bad things happen to us at home and, for some reason, we have that mentality that when the ball gets into dangerous areas it's going to happen again.

"We're not strong enough mentally right now. For some reason, it's different on the road. But at this moment, we're probably going to have to get results on the road."

The Impact have five games left in the regular season to find answers. They go on the road for their next match to play the New York Red Bulls.

Drogba says it's up to the players to pull themselves out of their slump.

"There's two ways to see it: we can give up and play our home games away -- I don't know if that's possible -- or we decide to change things and give a bit more, push more and be more focused and play more as a team," said Drogba. "Team spirit is good, but I'm talking about tactically, we have to do more of what the manager wants us to do and, that way, support him as well."

The Revolution (9-12-9), who lost to Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup final this week, posted a third straight win in Major League Soccer play with only their second away victory of the season. New England moved only two points behind fifth-place Montreal in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

The Impact worked this week on defending in the 18-yard box, but it went for not as their nemesis Kai Kamara scored only 25 seconds into the match, while Kelyn Rowe added two to put the game away. …

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