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The Dutch coach talks about how his side could have won an important match and that defensive lapses cost his side dear...

Round 10 of the I-League saw Prayag United take on defending champions Dempo SC in what was expected to be a fierce battle. Prayag United had a bright start to the game as their talisman Ranti Martins put the visitors ahead in the 21st minute. They created a number of chances but failed to extend their lead and were eventually punished for giving away needless free-kicks as Ryuji Sueoka headed in from a Clifford Miranda set-piece.

Eelco Schattorie, Prayag United coach, acknowledged the fact that his team’s defending of set-pieces has indeed been poor.

“We have around 15 goals against us and nine or ten of them have been through free-kicks and corners. Our defending of set-pieces has really been poor."

The hosts Dempo were awarded a penalty in the early stages of the second half as Sueoka was brought down in the area by Bello Rasaq. Prayag’s custodian Subrata Paul produced a magnificent save to keep the scores level.

The Dutch national though was unimpressed with the referee’s decision to award a penalty and said, “I do not talk about referees, but today I think the referee did not have his best day. It's football and I am not blaming him, but in my view he was not good enough."

Prayag United created a host of chances in the second half but failed to put them away and the coach was unimpressed with his side’s finishing skills, as he commented,“ We scored a very good goal in the first half and created numerous chances in the second. We could have easily killed the game off, but we failed to do so."

Joaquim Abranches’ introduction to the game was pivotal, as he created a lot of problems for the visitors with his teasing crosses as Dempo slowly gained control of the game.

Prayag’s shaky defence was finally punished as Peter Carvalho latched on to a beautiful pass by Rohan Ricketts to put the hosts in the lead. A few minutes later, Climax Lawrence confirmed the victory with a neat finish in a one-on-one situation with the keeper.

The disappointed Prayag boss still felt his team gave the I-League champions a run for their money.

"A champion team is a team that dominates, but I did not see that against us. But a win is a win and I would like to congratulate their coach (Armando Colaco)."

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