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Singh disappointed with Blues losing run at FACT

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, June 22, 2014

LAUTOKA coach Dennis Singh is ready to give up his position for the betterment of football after Nadi crushed the team's hope in the Vodafone Fiji FACT at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday.

Lautoka, after losing 0-3 to Suva on day one, were leading 2-0 against Nadi when the Jetsetters rallied a late comeback to win 3-2.

Defending champions Nadi has booked its place in the semi-finals alongside Suva from Group B and the two will play today to decide the winner from their group.

Lautoka scored the opener through a spot kick in the 17th minute after referee Finau Vulivuli penalised Nadi for a foul in the 18-yard box.

Captain Alvin Avinesh stepped up and slammed in on the left of the diving Vereti Dickson for the 1-0 lead.

Lautoka doubled the advantage through Ratu Dugucagi in the 62nd minute.

The Jetsetters kept pressuring but couldn't find the target. Their relentless effort paid off in the 72nd minute when Semesa Muadonu pulled one back.

The goal inspired Nadi and the side capitalised on the lethargic defending from Lautoka to score two more in the dying stages of the match to Amani Makoe and replacement Jolame Vukivuki to win 3-2.

Singh gave credit to Nadi for the fighting spirit.

"They were good goals but with the 2 -0 lead you just need to maintain that pressure on Nadi and I think we just went bit defensive when we were leading," he said.

Singh said he tried his best in his short tenure as the coach but the team failed to respond.

He said at district level, there was no time for development as teams should only focus on winning.

"I'm not happy as a coach when we were up by 2-0 another team comes from behind and beats us. As a coach I wouldn't want my team to be in this type of situation.

"I need to make room if I need to for someone else to take my position. I would love to see Lautoka lift themselves. I tried every angle, every thing to lift this team but we are coming back to those same negative results."

Nadi coach Kamal Swami hailed the fighting spirit of his players.

He said the message at the break was to play football which the players did in the second spell.

"I knew Lautoka was worn-out at the back when they started clearing long balls and we put young boys to add force and I think they clicked but it was a very hard fought win. We need to pull up our socks to be in contention to win the title again."

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