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Delhi were the better team so a point is the best result for us-Habas

The Spaniard saw his side pick up another draw this season...


FC Pune City head coach Antonio Habas was happy to get away with one point from their Hero Indian Super League 2016 encounter against hosts Delhi Dynamos FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday evening. Thanks to Jesus Tato's header, the Stallions scored in first-half stoppage time in a game heavily dominated by the Dynamos, who eventually managed to get their equaliser through Milan Singh 11 minutes from time. Habas didn't mind a point from a game where they were no match for the Lions and admitted Pune City had goalkeeper Edel Bete to thank for that.

“The goalkeeper did well and Delhi were better than us, so the result is best for us,” Habas told reporters after the match.

“The first half, our team was really out of the match and Delhi were better than us so in the second half we improved and we had some chances to score and nothing else, and sometimes the goalkeeper has only one save but today he had seven-eight saves but that is his job and Delhi were better but the score was 1-1. The first 45 minutes were bad for us but luckily we scored.”

Habas also admitted that his players were a bit tired going into the match. “After the last game in Pune, the team is a bit tired so we can't expect them at full pace in 3-4 days, so I guess we need to continue working and putting in the effort for us to score and if you see there is not much difference in points between the team at the top of the table and the lower teams.”

It was Pune's third successive draw this season and with six points from as many games, things don't look great for them presently. However, Habas wasn't too bothered about that, referencing defending champions Chennaiyin FC's campaign last year. “I remember last season Chennaiyin had a bad start losing a lot of games, and we are working because our marquee player came in the first week of October and the team is also 90% new but we are working,” he said.

When asked to comment on the referee's performance on the night, Habas, who in the past has been critical of refereeing standards in the league, said: “I don't mean to speak about the referees but sometimes the referees don't differentiate between a violent tackle and a hard tackle, so most probably sometimes we have a big problem or injury because of a violent tackle and the referees don't seem to realise this, the difference between a violent and a non-violent tackle and I am very worried about that.”

Report and Photo Courtesy: ISL Media


Published: Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:27 AM IST

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