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Slovenians not too downhearted after blowing first-half lead…

Following his side’s 2-2 draw with USA today, Slovenia coach Matjaz Kek has admitted he was happy with his team's overall performance and insists they earned a valuable point.

“In the first half we were excellent but dropped in the second half,” said Kek, whose side raced into a two-goal lead in the first period before being pegged back by the Americans.

"I was expecting the comeback because of the pressure that they were putting us under,” he told the press. “I must say I am proud of my squad who showed their quality and we gained a valuable point today.”

The draw leaves Slovenia topping Group C ahead of England’s clash with Algeria this evening and the coach went on to admit that while the game was played in an aggressive manner, he didn't want to place any blame on the officials.

"I will not pass any judgement on the referee,” he said.

“Of course you can point out some decisions but I don't want to comment about that as I am still emotional. The game had lots of aggression but in my view the referee didn't have an impact on the outcome of the match."

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