'Don't see anything wrong with the penalty referee gave us' - Go Round's Elechi

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Despite the visitors were agitated by the referee's controversial penalty, the hosts' gaffer insists the call was spot on after securing a win

Ngozi Elechi says referee Ndubuisi Ukah made the right call awarding Go Round a penalty that helped them to secure a 1-0 win over Plateau United on Thursday.

The visitors were left fuming with the decision of the referee to award a penalty to the hosts in the 23rd minute following a foul in the area on Chidi Nwachukwu by goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye.

And Adeseun Adelani's converted from the spot to power the top-flight newcomers to victory at the Krisdera Stadium as they edged Kennedy Boboye's men to swim out of the relegation zone.

In the aftermath, Elechi defended the referee's decision, claiming the Peace Boys deserved to concede the penalty in the first half for a poor challenge on Nwachukwu.

“I think the officiating was good and some decisions the referee [Ndubuisi Ukah] took against my team was his choice of call," Elechi told Goal.

" Even when I complained in the second half. I think that the match officials saw a lot better from their perspective than we coaches.

"Sometimes when a referee goes to a seminar, there are some rules that we coach may think is right but the interpretation may not be the same. 

“I don't see anything wrong with the penalty referee gave us because it was a deserved one. The player was in front of the referee and wanted to take the ball away before he was brought down. I saw it as a good call."

Despite being unsatisfied with their narrow wins, the gaffer hailed his players' resilience in edging past champions, while assuring they will look out to improving their scoring form.

“Sometimes in football, you are able to expect some certain situations and before now, I have discussed with my players that when they score in the first half, they don't want to come out more in the second half. 

“We need to do more because 1-0 lead may not always be enough and we will keep working on it. But I was impressed with my team's mentality. Our game plan worked and I'm glad we got the three points that were very important for us. 

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“They played their own way and any team that is coming to play Go Round sometimes always feel overconfident and thinks we are not an experienced side that they can easily work over.

"The team's mentality has kept on growing with everyday experience going home and away so far. I think they [Plateau United] got it wrong with their overconfidence."

The win took Go Round out of the drop zone to 16th with 16 points from 12 games and they would welcome former champions Enugu Rangers at the same venue on Sunday.

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