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BULLEY REACTS TO PALACE STALEMATE | WE MUST DENY OUR OPPONENT A VIEW OF OUR GOALPOST

Head coach Emmanuel Bulley has insisted the team must take the missed chances against Krystal Palace in their strides.

Striker Eric Kipo missed a crucial 81st minute penalty at the AKOTEX Park as the Executioners as the game ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Head coach Emmanuel Bulley has reacted to the happening after the game.

We have. Frankly speaking the reality is that we are a little above 60% of where we want to get to. We have improved on our game and we are improving game after game.

Planners have now travelled four games unbeaten scoring six goals in the process and conceding just once. And, Bulley explains his defensive philosophy which is yielding results for his side.

Yeah! There is a sign of alertness, mental alertness being inculcated to the players more especially if we lose the ball. If you check our transition in the game you should knew that we are all playing in the game to defend. The moment the team loses possession the whole team draw back to defend so we treat that as a collective work. So we must quickly shape ourselves and organise ourselves in such a way that the opponent cannot penetrate. In football we defend two things. We defend the ball which is object one and the goalpost being another object that we defend. The main object of our game is the ball because the goalpost is a fixed object. So if we defend the ball properly the ball cannot go into the goalpost and that is our target defensively and that is what I’ve been telling the boys. The moment we lose the ball we don’t defend for a section anymore but we defend for the whole team. We must put our opponent’s view away from our goalpost and I think that has strengthen our defence.

The young tactician says he is impressed with the performance of returnee defender Philip Gameli. The former Ghana U23 defender returned from suspension after serving a five game ban and played the full throttle against Palace.

I was very satisfied with the performance of Philip in the game. You know Philip is a matured player and a national asset. Spio [Samuel Johnson] deputised for him very well and on his return he needed to play and he justified for everyone to see his real qualities.

He has charged his team to put the mishap against Palace behind them and focus on the trip to Phar Rangers.

In fact I quickly told them that what is written is written. If it was written that the game was to end goalless nothing could change it and that is exactly what happened so nobody should be disappointed. It was really unfortunate that our first penalty taker went to take the ball and our striker Razak denied him the opportunity to take. But, it has already happened. I will address the issue going forward. We must stick to who our first penalty taker is and adhere it to in our subsequent games. We will go into the Phar Rangers game well conditioned.

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