Accra Hearts of Oak head coach Frank Nuttall shared his thoughts with accraheartsofoaksc.com after his side played a 3-3 draw game with Bolga AllStars.
The Phobians snatched a point at the Tamale Utrecht Stadium despite taking the lead twice in the game. Vincent Atingah headed Hearts in front in the first minute of the game but though Alhassan Rahim drew the hosts level, Thomas Abbey powered the visitors back in front.
However, the game turned on its head after the break with AllStars overturning the 2-1 first half deficit to lead 3-2. Ivorian striker Alex Kouami put Hearts level but the Phobians spurned far too many golden opportunities to beat the promoted side.
Here’s what coach Nuttall said after the game:
On his general assessment of the game:
I am disappointed because we had a number of chances in both halves to win the game. We started very well; getting the early goal and a couple of good goals from set-pieces. We had other chances to make a bigger score line in the first half; we had a clean penalty denied us and that would have made it 2-0 and it would have become a different game so I am disappointed with the game. We had chances towards the end of the second half but the spirit is there [and that is a plus]
On Atingah’s opener and his side missing numerous chances:
We started very well and scored a goal within the first two minutes of the game away from home and I see that as starting very well not quite well. After that, we did not take our foot off the gas; we went for more. We hit the bar through Akrofi, Cobbinah had a one-on-one with the keeper, and we had a clean penalty denied to us and that was in the first 14 minutes. We kept pushing at it.
On the Allstars equalizer:
To be honest, it was down the other side of the pitch and so I have to go back and look at it [the video] again.
On his side taking the lead again:
Yeah, Thomas Abbey took his goal well from a set-piece that we worked on and the fact that they went again and pushed for that second goal showed the motivation the motivation was there.
On Bolga AllStars’ response in the second half:
They are the home team and so you got to respect the fact that they are pushing to get points as much as we were. They were not going to lie down. They got what they got and we had to push and we pushed to come back and scored the goal and could have won it at the end.
On his side missing golden opportunities in the closing stages:
It is always frustrating when we miss clear opportunities.
On if there are any positives from the game:
The spirit is there; we have got this one out of the way and we look forward to the next competitive game.
On the game with Kotoko:
We will recover from today’s match and look forward to that match and the WAFA match.