Sporting Clube de Goa were held to a 1-1 draw by Pune FC last weekend at the Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune.
Coach Oscar Bruzon admitted that his side made a few errors but acknowledged that the points’ being shared was the best result on the given day.
“During the 90 minutes, we made some mistakes. We were not having the control of the ball, but the boys put everything. All the boys were pressurizing very well and stopping all the spaces for Pune players to play on the wings and in the midfield. So I think a draw is a good result,” he said.
Sporting had deployed Ogba Kalu Nnanna to man mark Douhou Pierre who pulled the strings from the middle of the park for the home side.
“In the first half, Douhou [Pierre] was creating the game, so we tried to stop him. The objective of the second half was blocking the wings and blocking Douhou.
“Pune played an excellent game in the second half and that is why they scored the goal (equaliser). We made a big mistake. Our stopper went with Anthony [D'Souza] and the gap was created inside the box.”
The Flaming Oranje adopted a defensive approach after the break to keep their lead intact and Bruzon affirmed the same.
“Actually, it was a big reward for us to go in the half-time with a 1-0 [lead]. It was not deserved. Going into the second half, I told the guys that luck was with us in the first half. The game model for the second half was holding. I think if we could maintain the result for 15-to-20 minutes more, the game could have been completely different.”
Bruzon opined that Mike Snoei’s side were short on confidence and aren’t the most consistent side with regards to their style of play.
“Pune is having a problem with confidence, especially when they are down. I think that they don't play regular (consistently) in the 90 minutes. They make some up and downs. Our wing was holding for 15 minutes in the second half and killing them in the counter-attack, as you say. We couldn't maintain the win (lead) for 15 minutes. The last 20 minutes of the game was beautiful [as] both teams were trying to win the game.”
How do you stay up with football when on the move? With http://m.goal.com –your best source for mobile coverage of the beautiful game.