Keo Kosal, Boeung Ket’s interim coach said his players would do well to learn from their Tuesday evening defeat of visiting Singaporeans Home United in their third AFC Cup group F clash.
“We played better and were stronger than in our previous matches in the AFC Cup, said Kosal. “I think game by game we can improve and our players can gain more experience,”
“For the first two minutes, our player’s weren’t concentrating which is why we conceded, he said when asked about the early goal from the visitors. “But for the second goal, I don’t blame Yaty, it could’ve happened to anybody,” he added.
After successive defeats to Ceres Negros of the Philippines and Shan United of Myanmar, the victory was Boeung Ket’s first in group F. A three-goal salvo from Brazilian Maycon Calijuri was enough to hand the hosts all three points in a 3-2 victory for the defending Metfone C-League champions.
Meanwhile, Home United coach, Aidil Sharin, said Boeung Ket were able to rely on their four foreign players.
“On the pitch, we only had one foreign player so they had an advantage in that sense. Also as hosts and as they are playing at home they also had an advantage.”
The Singaporean added that his team can learn from defeat and will ensure better preparation for a difficult group.
Boeung Ket will next travel to Singapore for their March 14 return leg against Home United.
In the other group game on Tuesday, Ceres Negros maintained their position at the top of the group pile with a 2-0 win over Shan United.