NorthEast United scrapped to earn a point against Elano inspired Chennaiyin FC. Although Koke’s last gasp equaliser saved the blushes for the Highlanders, the scoreline was a poor impression of NorthEast’s performance as per coach Ricki Herbert.
“My side were the better side on the night and I’m very happy with the way we passed and the way we came back twice.” said Herbert
Herbert’s side got away with a penalty claim by the home team, but the New Zelander was unfazed by these appeals, he said “No, not at all. These kinds of situations arise all the time. We had a similar claim in an earlier game with the same referee and that stone cold penalty wasn’t given. It cost us three points in that game. So you get some and you some you don’t, that’s football.”
Herbert was also quick to acknowledge Elano as the star player within the Chennaiyin team and praised him.
“He’s a wonderful player who has great talent, they have a good team and a strong team. Mikaël Silvestre has played for Manchester United and the list can go on. But yes, I have got massive respect for the player who has amazing technical ability but I’m extremely disappointed in conceding the goals that he scored today.”
Meanwhile Koke justified the tightness of the match, he concluded with “It was a very tight match. We came back from behind and we could have gone and won the game, but I am happy with the draw at this point. Everyone is happy with the result but we must be ready for the next game.”