Written By: Abidoye Babatunde
AS Monaco coach Adi Hütter admitted his side’s failure to hold on to their advantage in Sunday’s draw at Lorient, left him ‘upset and disappointed’.
Early-season pacesetters Monaco, were denied victory at the Stade Du Moustoir by former player Romain Faivre who netted deep into added time, to earn Lorient a 2-2 draw.
Goals from Aleksandr Golovin and a first for the club from summer signing Folarin Balogun cancelled out Aiyegun Tosin’s second-minute opener for the hosts.
But the Principality outfit squandered their opportunity to open a three-point gap at the top of the table, leaving the Austrian tactician rueing his side’s below-par first-half showing.
“I’m upset and disappointed,” Hütter told reporters after the final whistle. “It wasn’t our best match today but we were able to bounce back well after conceding the first goal.
“We deserved our first goal from Aleksandr Golovin but we played too slowly in the first half against a team that defends and is dangerous on the counterattack. It’s a draw in the end, and I’m disappointed. We must continue to move forward.”
Hütter’s side remain unbeaten with three wins and two draws from their opening five fixtures. Sunday’s clash with Lorient arguably represented his side’s most sluggish display so far, something the 53-year-old puts down to the demands of the international break.
“It’s true that we may have lacked a little freshness,” he added. “Players like Caio Henrique and Vanderson had long trips during this break, but our substitutes contributed a lot. It’s not easy to come to Lorient, and we’ll take a point from this draw which is not negative either, but we still remain quite disappointed with this result and the goal at the very end. But we are undefeated in five games, that’s positive.
Off the mark
The Monaco boss reserved words of praise for Balogun after opening his account for the club following his move from Arsenal last month.
The USA international fired home from a tight angle to stake his claim for a place in the starting line-up for Friday night’s crunch Côte d’Azur derby at home to OGC Nice.
He added: “I’m very happy for him and for his first goal with the club, I think it’s deserved. He had already scored with the USMNT during the international break. He is a player who brings other skills to the attacking third. But we also have players like Wissam Ben Yedder, Myron Boadu, Takumi Minamino and Aleksandr Golovin who can also bring us things offensively.
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