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Snoei: We play good football

Mike Snoei: ‘Almost’ has been the story in second part of the season

Snoei: We play good football

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The Dutch coach mentioned that a few mistakes cost his side full points against the Red and Gold in a game in which they dominated the proceedings…

Pune FC coach Mike Snoei was disappointed with the 2-1 defeat suffered at the hands of East Bengal last weekend at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune.

The home side took the lead in the first half through Anthony D’Souza and had several chances to put the game to bed. However goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu’s heroics coupled with their attackers wastefulness ensured that they couldn’t score a second.

On being asked if it was yet another case of dominating possession and creating more chances but with no end result, Snoei stated that his side needs to cut down their mistakes in order to secure a victory.

“What can I say about it as I am very upset about the result; and not with the game. I think they fought till the end but it is also time the players must realize when to finish the game. I wish I could say that we must work harder or fight harder or we must do a better transition, but small mistakes like in the second goal the goalkeeper (Amrinder Singh) must come out to clear. 

“These are the dying moments why we lose a game. We played so better today that we could lose (defeat) them 4-0.  I think we played very nice football and I can understand that everybody is disappointed. But we also and also feel sorry again for the players because the mistakes are not even so big.  When I see the corner kick from Anthony D’souza hit the post then it should have been 2-0 and game should have been finished.

“I feel really bad because if we can continue with this football and you get your results then we are very strong team. But maybe we must become stronger in certain positions because it has happened too much.”

Douhou Pierre was substituted around the hour mark and Arata Izumi was introduced. However the move didn’t work for the home side as East Bengal clawed their way back into the tie.

“Douhou was injured and has pain in his ankle. He is the playmaker and is so important but you know also that East Bengal team is very fast in transition with the counter attack.  So I must also protect a little bit my midfield. What can I say? I wish I could be angry with what the group is doing but you are almost afraid to say. I think we played very well today but we don’t reward ourselves again; not even a draw today.  How is this possible if you look I just heard it on television they are so positive about us?

“But what can I buy for that, I can buy nothing for that. Even their coach (Armando Colaco) gave us a big compliment but what can I buy for that. It’s time that the players must realize that you also must reward yourself.”

The former assistant coach of Panathinaikos believes that his side didn’t play good football when they were getting the results at the start of the season. However when they are dominating matches, they aren’t able to finish off matches.

“Before the Christmas break the football was not so good but we had all the points and people were complaining of not too many chances created, not enough bodies in the box and all kind of things. Now we play much better football over the last four months but the results are not good.

“We must be analyzing that the results are not so good. Of course we speak a lot about this. If you can say, ‘Ok we create more chances but the football is bad and the people don’t like to watch’ but everybody is very positive because they like to watch.  They (fans) help us during the game because of the fact that we fight till 95th minute and a couple of them almost equalized. But almost is the story of this second half of the season. So I help from behind the fence so that they stay positive because that is the only way we can help the Pune players.”