Defeat will have no impact on players' determination: Jazira coach

Defeat will have no impact on players determination: Jazira coach
Jazira coach Damien Hertog refused to make any excuses for the loss. - Supplied photo

Abu Dhabi - Hertog is confident his players will not dwell too much on the defeat ahead of next week's Abu Dhabi derby against Al Wahda.



Published: Sun 28 Apr 2019, 10:45 PM

Last updated: Mon 29 Apr 2019, 12:49 AM

Al Jazira head coach Damien Hertog insists their defeat to Al Wasl will not affect the players in their bid of achieving a top-two finish in the Arabian Gulf League.
Al Jazira's unbeaten three-match run was ended on Saturday night after suffering a 3-1 loss against Al Wasl in Dubai.
Hertog is confident his players will not dwell too much on the defeat ahead of next week's Abu Dhabi derby against Al Wahda.
"It was not the result that we wanted as we went into the match aiming to take all the points and maintain our push for a top-two finish in the league," Hertog said during the post-match press conference.
"We missed some key players and of course this is not an excuse for the loss. This was an opportunity for other players to show their talent and will be a good learning curve. I was relatively pleased with how we performed in the first half but we could have played much better in the second half.
"We have to put this defeat behind us and focus for the next match which I'm sure all the players will do that."
After being sidelined for three weeks, Khalfan Mubarak returned from injury to feature as a second-half substitute. The UAE attacker has 12 assists and 10 goals to his name this season and Hertog said it was crucial for Mubarak to get playing minutes under his belt.
"We needed his creativity as we were behind so we wanted to give him some minutes and get into the rhythm of playing football again," he said.
"We had to be very careful with him as we don't want him injured again. I am confident he will help the club score more goals for the remainder of this season."


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