Accra Hearts of Oak head coach Frank Nuttall says his side created enough chances to beat Liberty last Sunday but commended his players for their effort.
The Phobians had to come from behind to snatch a draw against Liberty Professionals, whom they beat 3-0 a fortnight ago, yesterday.
Vincent Atingah scored from the spot after Patrick Razak was fouled in the box to cancel out Benjamin Eshun's 34th minute strike.
The Phobians were profligate on the day with Sam Yeboah, Thomas Abbey, Winful Cobbinah, Patrick Razak, and Cosmos Dauda missing unpardonable chances.
But coach Nuttall insists his players deserve praise despite missing so many chances.
"As expected, it was a tough game," Nuttall told accraheartsofoaksc.com
"A typical derby; they wanted to win so badly having been beaten at home 3-0 not so long ago. So we expected them to up their game but I have got to commend my players again for their effort today because we created so many chances to finish the game off but it was just not meant to be."
10 minutes after going behind, Hearts were awarded a penalty after Razak was knocked down in the box. Atingah netted from the spot to earn Hearts the draw.
"It was good that [Vincent] Atingah scored and he took his penalty well," coach continued
"But to get penalties, you need players to get into positions to win penalties and Patrick did that very well by chasing after a lost cause and that came from a team effort to get into that situation so I commend the team for that effort."
The Phobians lifted their game in the second half and created a host of goal-scoring chances but Abbey, Cobbinah, Razak and Cosmos could not bury the opportunities that came their way but coach feels his side lacked the "final ball".
"Just the final ball to go into the back of the net; the final pass other than that no, I do not feel like we lacked something on the day," he concluded.