Major League Soccer

Phil Neville admits Inter Miami first half performance was 'unacceptable' in loss against CF Montreal

Lizzy Becherano
David Beckham & Phil Neville discuss matters in Inter Miami's defeat to Montreal
David Beckham & Phil Neville discuss matters in Inter Miami's defeat to Montreal / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Inter Miami head coach Phil Neville lamented an unacceptable first half performance after his side’s loss against CF Montreal. 

The home side quickly fell victim to Montreal’s threatening pressing, with two goals scored within the first 25 minutes of the match. Bjørn Johnsen first found the back of the net at the 14 minute mark, easily putting the ball past John McCarthy. 11 minutes later, Johnsen scored again off of an outstanding assist by teammate Romell Quioto.

It was Inter’s second loss since the start of the 2021 season.

"The first half was unacceptable from us all, myself included", said head coach Neville in his post match press conference. "We performed better in the second half, but ultimately we were beaten by the better team.

"It's hard to take and it's the first time it's happened this season. I think it's a bit of a reality check for us in terms of where we are and where we want to get to. We know we have a lot of work to do. We know the areas that we have to improve and we're just going to keep working hard."

Prior to Wednesday’s match, Inter Miami had gone unbeaten in their last three games with two draws and a win. The match against Atlanta United on May 9 inspired a false sense of momentum. 

“Football has a way of kicking you where it hurts," Neville added. "When you think you have momentum, when you think you are doing well and when you think that you are probably better than what you are, football has a way of just knocking you back down to the ground. I think that’s probably where we are.”

Despite a complaint of limited recovery time by Neville, the team must prepare for another Major League Soccer match in the coming days. Inter Miami travel to TQL Stadium to face FC Cincinnati on May 16.