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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Katanec content despite UAE profligacy

Katanec content despite UAE profligacy Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 03:18
Doha: UAE boss Srecko Katanec was delighted with his side's display in the goalless draw with DPR Korea but was left to rue the lack of a clinical edge after seeing a string of chances to win the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ Cup Group D encounter at Qatar Sports Club Stadium go begging.

Hong Yong-jo hit the bar with a sixth-minute penalty but that was as close as the North Koreans got to threatening Majed Naser's goal as UAE largely dominated the remainder of the game and only a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping from Ri Myong-guk kept the score-line blank.

“I'm very satisfied with our performance and how we played because my team showed character and nice skill,” said Katanec (pictured).

“Unfortunately, we created a lot of chances but we didn't score. This is the problem. With other things I'm very, very satisfied and I hope my team will play like this for the next two games.

“We have had this problem in this area for a long time. I don't know what to expect here but our strikers in the league they don't play, they don't have too much practice, but I cannot change that.

“But I will be satisfied if we play like this again, this is most important. I see here that we have quality so we will score, God willing, in the next game.

“But I also have to say if they scored the penalty then maybe the game is completely different. But after the missed penalty my team took the game in their hands we were the boss on the field.”

Star striking duo Ismaeil Matar and 19-year-old Ahmed Khalil both wasted chances and the latter was replaced with 13 minutes to go by Saeed Al Khatiri, while Matar bowed out shortly before the final whistle.

However, Katanec defended his decision not to make attacking substitutions earlier in the piece.

“We played well and I didn't see the need to change the players on the field,” he added.

“Around 15 minutes from the end I decided to make a change and maybe we would get more luck but that's it, I don't want to change a team that plays well just for the sake of it.

“For the next game, we will see how we are after tomorrow (Wednesday). We have three strikers with us so I will try to find the best solution but I must say that Ahmed (Khalil), he played a very solid game, he did his job, he also fought in defence so there is nothing to criticise.

“For his age, he showed a great performance.”