Serritslev unhappy despite Fiji’s win

The Digicel Fiji ‘Bula Boys’ in a group photo before their match against New Caledonia during the Melanesian Spearhead Group Prime Ministers Cup 2022 at the Korman Stadium in Vanuatu on Saturday. Picture: FIJI FA

Rewa rep Gabriele Matanisiga scored a 91st winner for the Digicel ‘Bula Boys’ against New Caledonia during the opening match of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Prime Ministers Cup 2022 at the Korman Stadium in Vanuatu on Saturday.

Debutant Matanasiga nodded in the late winner following Praneel Naidu’s corner kick.

Earlier, the ‘Bula Boys’ were reduced to 10 players after Inoke Turagalailai was sent off in the 56th minute for a second bookable offence.

Fiji head coach Flemming Serritslev expressed disappointment with the result.

Serritslev said they played poorly in the first half.

He said they could not get their combinations going.

“I think things got working after we went a man down,” Serritslev said.

“Then we started to play better football with the combinations. I’m happy with the win but not how we played in the first half.

“From our side we have had nothing to worry about preparation. We had some support from the fans here which was good.”

The ‘Bula Boys’ will take on the Solomon Islands in the next match on Saturday.

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