Pune FC played out a 1-1 draw in an away fixture against Dempo SC on Wednesday in a round eleven fixture of the I-League.
Mike Snoei, the gaffer of the Red Lizards stressed that it was an open encounter and that both teams’ had their chances to win the tie.
"There were some parts when we were better and there were some parts when Dempo were much better. Especially in the end, they came back into the game. We equalised and we got three open chances in a row. Dempo also got their chances. We could have lost that match towards the end, especially for Beto. I like that player. He is creative, fast and has good skills. But also our youngsters had the chance to make it 2-1 or 3-1. That's another story but I completely agree that in the end, they could have won the game," Snoei told in the post-match press conference.
The coach heaped praise on Anas Edathodika after the centre-back put in a commendable shift at the back.
"He is one of the better Indian central defenders. Good height and good mentality and he is no less than a foreign player who plays in the middle. So, I am very happy with Anas, but then everybody knows that," he said.
Snoei was also not shy to utter good words about the opponent’s central defenders, namely Simon Colosimo and Shinnosuke Honda, as they didn’t allow his side to have many clear cut chances.
"I also think that the two central defenders from Dempo should have compliments. I think they did a hell of a job. Yes, Mustafa (Riga) scored one goal, but those guys also deserve compliment. They fought hard and it was not so easy. So, I saw nice players on the pitch today," he mentioned.
The Dutchman accepted a point from the game and highlighted the gulf of difference in the budget of traditional heavyweights from Goa and Kolkata to what Pune FC spend on their squad.
“But everybody thinks that our ambition is to win the I-League, but we are the sixth or seventh team in the league in terms of budget. We work with a normal budget and normal salaries and play four-to-five under-23 players every match. Of course, we hate losing but not in every match. We are focused to go into top one or top two or top three. We just want to do our job of getting better and better," said the coach.
"We have to improve in some areas and we know that. We are busy sorting those," Snoei signed off.
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