Abuja - Kogi United head coach, Fatai Osho, has described his side's 2-0 defeat to Spotlight FC in a Nigeria National League week 9 encounter as unfair.
The highly resourceful gaffer said that the final result of the clash played on Saturday at the Karkanda Stadium did not reflect the true performance of his players having put a lot into the game.
Both sides produced nerve wrecking moments to score in the opening stages of the match but failed to utilize any as the first half ended in a stalemate.
The resumption into the second stanza saw Spotlight FC gaining more possession as they won numerous set pieces.
They finally made it count with nine minutes into restart as Salishu Mukhtar capitalized on a cracked wall of Kogi United as his direct free kick beat goalkeeper Detan Ogundare.
The Wada Boys didn't allow the goal to weigh them down as they put all they had got into fray and almost level but Imran Amodu - who was a menace to Spotlight's defense - had his 20 yard shot go an inch wide.
Spotlight employed delay tactics as they began to fall like a pack of cards on a number of occasions to frustrate their guests who looked determined to salvage a point from the game.
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But the delay proved a gain for Spotlight as they doubled their lead in the 85th minutes when substitute Usule Martins jumped above Chindo Babangida to head home his team's second goal.
Coach Osho who was left disappointed with the end result noted that his defenders gave away two free goals but he reiterated that no hope is still lost in their quest to beat the drop.
“It's most unfortunate, the score line didn't reflect our performance today (Saturday), we were so careless in defense, I mean we had to tidy up our defense, it's unfair to have conceded those two goals, we had no business to do that, they are just pure give away points,” coach Osho was quoted by media officer of Kogi United Wale Mustapha after the game.
The former Remo Stars and Supreme Court's tactician continued as he expressed optimism on his side's ability to get points on the road saying, “We will look at our defense to make it more tidy, apart from that, we did excellently well today (Saturday), but in as much, we keep on fighting, I believe we can still get points on the road,” he added.
His counterpart at Spotlight FC, Amiru Musa admitted that his side were lucky to have snatched victory from the game adding that Kogi United really gave his wards a real fight.
“It was a good game, we are happy with victory today (Saturday), it wasn't an easy match at all, but we were lucky to win and we thank God for that. Kogi United really troubled us because they have a very good team with young players, you get this kind of days at times when you will be lucky to win even without playing better as you want,” Musa explained.
Kogi United will return home to prepare for their next game against Supreme Court FC on Saturday 8th August.