I would like to give credit to our supporters. Today we wanted a win to live up to their expectations and to show our appreciation for them. I am disappointed in today’s result. From the kick-off, my players created many chances without sitting deep and attacked the opponents continuously. However, decisiveness was not good enough. If we could have equalized at an earlier stage, the result might have been different. I tried to change their mood with replacements, so eventually we scored an opening goal, which led us to retrieve our pace. Afterwards, we had some chances. We need to create more chances and improve decisiveness. This week we worked hard for this game, but I have recognized that our preparation was not perfect. Having said that, I feel that the players regained their combative spirit. If they win, they will build their confidence. Our efforts were not fruitful today, but we will soldier on until we prove ourselves.
Q: What do you make of your shot which led Cerezo to level?
In the moment I tried to shoot, I found space. So I decided to fire it in. Fortunately, I hit the target. Perhaps, the curving ball was hard to save for the goalkeeper.
Q: Your strike was fantastic. Also, your decision for shooting was great.
From the first half, I persistently attempted to hit the net, but the first attempt was blocked. The second one was not good enough because I scuffed my shot. In terms of my goal, after I cut a ball, I found some space. I dashed close the range to hit the net. When I struck the ball, I had no idea what was happening.
I cannot help do anything for the opponents’ opening goal. It sometimes happens. When seeing the play that caused the goal, it looks like Jonjic’s mistake. However, we have to admit his commitment and support him. Although our mood turned to the worse in the first half, we bounced back after the break. We should have retrieved the game much earlier. They were very offensive with the counter attack after intercepting a ball. We need to improve that point this season. Regarding the goal, chances were plenty throughout the game. I regret not making the most of them.
Q: Was it a meaningful draw? You started with a mistake and got better as the game went on. I think that your fighting spirit was fully conveyed to the fans.
We have to play in the way we did today. If we can do so at every game, we will not be defeated. One win will build our confidence, which will lead us to get better. That is my team’s character. This is why I am desperate to win as soon as possible. You can see we have been not beaten yet, but for us, a draw is not good. Today, we have done well, but could not win. I really want to win the next game.