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Blues to avenge loss

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, July 03, 2014

THE Dennis Singh-coached Lautoka team is aiming for a win against Nadroga during the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League this Sunday in a bid to move up the points table.

The Blues are reeling at the bottom of the table tied with Navua with three points each.

The side did not waste any time after bowing out of the Vodafone Fiji FACT pool stages a fortnight ago as they shift their focus to the league competition.

Lautoka lost to Nadroga 2-1 in the opening round of competition which started its five match losing streak.

Singh said there was no break for the players after the early Fiji FACT exit.

He said they needed to turn things around in the second round after recording only one win from seven matches in round one.

"The result at the Fiji FACT was disappointing," Singh said.

"The turning point was the last 20 minutes against Nadi where we conceded three goals. Nadi scored one and then the boys panicked and we lost 3-2.

"The players were just too soft. They did not have the never say die attitude. It was the same situation when we lost to Rewa in the league.

"The boys need to strengthen their character and have to be strong within. They have to start winning the ball and keep possession. Many times the ball has been lost unnecessarily."

Nadroga will be no pushover playing away from home after the Stallions upset Ba 1-0 at the Fiji FACT.

Five former Lautoka players Gerard Voi, Krishneel Dutt, Mohammed Taslim, Ravinesh Dass and Alifereti Baleiloa who moved to Nadroga in the last transfer window will be out to impress for their new team.

Singh said they were wary of the danger that the Stallions would pose.

"Nadroga started our losing streak in round one," he said.

"Now we have to turn things around. It is very important to win to lift the morale of the boys and get the support of the fans back."

The match will kick off at 3pm.

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