Copper Sannah has accepted full responsibility for Barrack Young Controllers sloppy defeat to Mighty Barrolle after admitting his selected players did not play up to expectations.
The BYC head coach said the players whom he selected was lacking sharpness throughout the match the Liberian champions lost 3-2 at home. Friday defeat was the Go Blue Boys first home lost under Sannah since his arrival at the club last season, where he in his first year led BYC-I to National Championship.
The former LISCR FC coach had made five changes, an unusually high number of player turnovers from last week victory over ELWA United. The team who had been dominant against ELWA failed to muster a win at home as huge underdog Barrolle collected their first three points from the Champions and scored their first set of goals against BYC.
Sannah told the media after his side’s embarrassing & humiliating defeat that the only positive he could take away was that the team dominated possession during the first half: But could not score additional goals after Claudius Morris diving header in the 26th minute, and David Tweh close range header had put the defending champions ahead 2-1 at the break. The visitors came into the 2nd half stronger and more determined, scoring two additional goals due to very poor defending from a Prince Jetoh lead defense.
“My team played as if they were tired and we paid the price today of the player’s unwillingness to performed. He noted that “from the game against ELWA United his team had put in an outstanding performance, but we made some big mistakes in the second half of this game: We made many mistakes defensively, lost easy passes, lost the ball offensively, and they finished with a ridiculous goal.
The current best coach in the country said he was disappointed in his entire squad noting that his team underperformed against the Rollers. “Maybe I should have not made so many changes from last weekend squad; all I say I take the total blame for today’s defeat.”
Sannah- “It’s painful for your record to be broken by a team that is at the bottom of the table, so painful. When certain players on your teams played so well, you want to give them more confidence and play them. You want them to keep that going. I could see many signs of fatigue, I'd spoke with all of the selected players individually before I made the team decision, and all of them had told me they were perfect to play, they wanted to play.” He continued “today is a day when I'm disappointed, and upset with the players. Even in attacking situations, in the last 25 minutes we had situations in Barrolle box where, even then, we thought slowly and reacted slowly, we had situations to score but had bad control, no sharpness.”
BYC team played as if they were tired with both their defensive and attacking players making lots of elementary mistakes by giving balls over to their opponent and they conceded goals that they never normally concede.
“Barrolle deserved to win the match because they played as a unit; they were the better team during the closing stages of the encounter. They simply wanted it more!"