COACH Lambert Sarju marked his return to the Lautoka camp on a high note guiding the Blues to its first win in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League on home soil against Rewa yesterday.
Lautoka defeated Rewa 1-0 with captain Alvin Avinesh scoring the winner from the penalty spot in the 6th minute.
Rewa failed to build on the momentum after upsetting Vodafone Fiji FACT champions Nadi 3-1 more than a week ago squandering many opportunities.
The visitors held the upper hand in the second spell pushing more players in attack. Lautoka goalkeeper Senirusi Bokini saved a drive with his foot while another attempt from the Delta Tigers hit the cross bar.
Avinesh had a long range attempt denied by Tamanisau midway in the spell.
The win was a sigh of relief for the Blues fans who waited more than six months to witness it on their home turf.
Lautoka coach Lambert Sarju was pleased with the result but stated that a lot of work was needed at training.
Sarju urged the fans to support the team.
"We scored through the penalty but there were a few chances that we needed to capitalise on," he said.
"There are young players in the team except for a few and they did well. We need to work on our ball retention and a bit on defence.
"I'm pleased to be back coaching. The aim is to avoid going to the second division. The fans should not be disheartened. This is just the start of better things to follow."
Rewa coach Marika Rodu expressed disappointment with the result.
Rodu said they still lacked fitness.
"It was a great game tough but Lautoka was able to gain that early penalty," he said.
"We had to change our tactics after conceding that goal. The players pushed up in attack to score the goals but could not find the net. We have to lift our fitness level."
Lautoka: Senirusi Bokini, Poasa Bainivalu, Zibraaz Sahib, Jone Vonu Junior, Alvin Avinesh, Ilieasa Lino, Shiron Naidu, Edward Justin, Josefata Dugucagi, Leisari Qalica, Kavaia Rawaqa.
Rewa: Simione Tamanisau, Lorima Dau, Simione Maikali, Jone Kaloutani, Usaia Tadu, Shelvin Prasad, Mitieli Namuka, Sitiveni Hughes, Tevita Warasinivalu, Misaele Draunibaka, Savenaca Nakalevu.