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Sports News of Thursday, 27 April 2017

Source: Ghana Soccernet

Frank Nuttall says Hearts gave their all in Bolga All Stars stalemate


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Hearts of Oak coach Frank Nuttall has quelled off the notions that his outfit underrated Bolga All Stars ahead of their 3-3 stalemate in week 13 at the Tamale Utrecht Park on Wednesday.

The Phobians started the game in cruise control in the early minutes as they opened the scoring through Vincent Atinga in the 1st minute but were pegged back by Alhassan Ibrahim’s powerful header in the 24th minute.

However, captain Thomas Abbey restored the Phobians lead in the 31st minute before the game went on recess.

The league debutantes scored two quick goals in the second half courtesy Ibrahim Giyasu and the red hot Alhassan Ibrahim, but Hearts came out strongly and leveled the score line through Ivorian import Alexander Kouassi.

They failed to grab the winner despite their late charge on the home side as the game ended in a stalemate.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Hearts’ Scottish gaffer, Frank Nuttall said, “We didn’t underrate Bolga All Stars, we scored in the first 30 seconds and we really pushed and we feel we should have had a penalty and if it was given it would have been 2-0, so we were pushing,” he said after the game.

“When it was 1 each, we pushed for 2-1 and we got motivated and it was 2 each and 3-2, and we came to 3-3. And at the end of the game we came close in getting the winner, so i don’t think someone can say we underrate them, we didn’t.”

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