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Sharks coach “relieved” after derby win

29 September 2015, 18:59

Port Harcourt - Sharks coach, Festus Allen, is a relieved man after his side earned a hard fought 1-0 win over city rivals Dolphins in a local derby in the Glo Premier League played in Port Harcourt.

An elated Allen, told npfl.ng, that he is confident his side will beat the drop and praised his players for what he described as a stunning performance.

"I am completely relieved. This was the most vital match of our season. We needed to secure maximum three points and a draw would have been disastrous for us. My players understood how important this game was for us, that is why they gave their best," He said.

Chima Akas' goal eight minutes into the encounter proved to be the vital intervention the Blue Angels needed to leapfrog Stanley Eguma's men in the drop zone.

Also read: Sharks coach Allen sets second round target

A single point was the difference between the Port Harcourt sides before the match day. The home side listed forward Christian Pyagbara for the fixture, after the striker passed a late fitness test. Pyabara has been struggling with an injury in the second round of the campaign.

The hosts came close to opening proceedings through Fredrick Obomate in the 5th minute, whose 15 yards shot was parried off by Sunday Rotimi for a corner. Pyagbara's shot was deflected off target by Jonathan Zikiye moment later, before Akas stroke in the eight minute.

And Allen stated further that the victory was hard earned.

"The victory we got will boost my team's chances of maintaining their top flight status. I am confident we will not be trapped in the relegation zone again. We are out of there and out completely.

"Our target now is to secure maximum points away to El-Kanemi. We have been picking points away from home and we hope to still pick some more on the road. We are not giving up, but will stay focused till the end. I can assure you, we will not get relegated," a positive-sounding Allen told npfl.ng.

The win over Dolphins moved Sharks above the drop zone having amassed 36 points from 31 games, two better than their city rivals, who dropped to 17th on the log.

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