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ISL 2017: Chennaiyin FC's John Gregory disappointed to concede late goal

17:55 GMT 22/12/2017
John Gregory Chennaiyin
Gregory was disappointed to squander the lead in the dying minutes of the game...

Chennaiyin FC were held to a 1-1 draw when they faced Kerala Blasters at home on Friday. Even after going ahead on the 89th minute through a Rene Mihelic penalty, they could not protect their lead as Chekiyot Vineeth found the equalizer late in the injury time.

Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory was disappointed to leak in a late equaliser and believes that this should be a lesson for his side.

"We normally run down the clock pretty well. I think there was mix-up over the throw in. We thought it was ours but was given to the opposition. They took it well and made the best of a chance. It was disappointing for us to concede late in the game. It wasn't a great match to be fair. We didn't want to lose for obvious reasons but we thought we had won it. It will serve as a reminder and we obviosuly need to be more alert in the last couple of minutes," said Gregory.

The British coach was critical of their performance and accepted that the opposition could have scored before his team.

"They probably had the best opportunities in the first half. You kind of got the feeling that nobody was going to win it. They could have scored before us. We didn't play well and we managed to get a point. That will probably teach us a lesson. But generally, it was disappointing considering that we had the game in our hands. We kind of got a bit of our own medicine and the players are extremely disappointed," stated Gregory.

The former Aston Villa coach believes that getting four points from the previous two fixtures have been a positive. However, he wasn't pleased to see his midfield being second best to Kerala Blasters.

"We have strength and quality on our bench. The three (Mihelic, Gregory Nelson and Germanpreet Singh)  that I brought on made a positive contribution. It is helpful for me to have good players. We do stress to the players that when you get the chance to come on, make an impact.

"I think Jeje (Lalpekhlua) was on his own and we have not kept the ball well as we have done earlier. Raphael (Augusto) found it hard and he was kept quiet by Wes Brown as their midfield was very active. They possibly won the midfield battle," he signed off.