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Fonseca: I felt it was necessary to make a substitution

Sunday, March 12, 2017



Press conference of the Pitmen’s head coach following the encounter with Zorya

- A tough game against an excellent team. I think that’s a well-deserved victory. We had more chances. At 1-0, we could decide the outcome of the meeting a little earlier. Then Zorya equalized. We perfectly reacted to that and scored another goal, but could have done more though. In general, it was an interesting game against good, quality team.

- Didn’t you get complacent due to the situation with the disallowed goal? After that, you argued a lot and immediately conceded one.
- I haven’t had time to review that episode yet. Also, if I'm not mistaken, there was an episode involving Bernard, who was ruled offside. I haven’t watched the video replay, so I just cannot comment on this now in any way. Of course, this didn’t make us complacent. After the conceded goal, our team reacted very well. We created a huge number of chances, and could have scored even more. We’ve won, and that’s the most important thing today.

- Please comment on the absence of Fred. And who better coped with replacing him: Kovalenko or Malyshev?
- I think that somewhat later the club will make an official statement regarding Fred. Both Kovalenko and Malyshev did excellently well. In the course of the game, I felt that it was necessary to make a substitution to balance and strengthen our midfield. Plus Maks has scored. So I’m happy with both players.