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Lautoka coach gives his players another chance

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

LAUTOKA soccer coach Dennis Singh said his players needed to step up and improve on their performance if they wanted to win games.

His comments came after the Blues lost 2-3 against Rewa over the weekend in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League.

The Sugar City side squandered a two-goal lead to allow the Delta Tigers to score thrice and steal the win from under their noses.

A week earlier, Lautoka had lost 1-2 to Nadroga and Singh said the two consecutive losses were a wake-up call for his players.

"No more excuses," he said.

"If you can't win, at least get a draw because one point is better than a loss.

"I don't want to take too much time to build combinations because two games is enough. Now it's time for them to deliver."

He said one area they would need to work on was keeping possession and then turning the possession into points.

"We just lost possession easily and then we see the players backpedal. That should not be the case.

"In soccer, you can give away possession every second. Once you lose the possession, it's hard to get it back.

"If you have possession you have more chances of winning and that is what our opponents did — they scored with the possession they had."

Singh said he would give his players one more chance before he make changes to his team.

Lautoka will host Labasa this Saturday at Churchill Park and will attempt to register their first win in the competition.

"I have been blending young players will senior players and will give them one more chance.

"And then if still no results then we have to make changes because we can't keep losing every game."

In the other matches to be played on Saturday, Ba host Navua while Nadi will play Nadroga at Prince Charles Park

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