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"Expecting to have a better second half"

By Jornal Sporting
15 Jan, 2017

João de Deus on the weekend's defeat to the Ledman LigaPro leaders

Shaken by a heavy loss but motivated for the second half of the Ledman LigaPro campaign. That is how João de Deus approached his post-match interview this weekend, after missing out to the II Liga leaders, Portimonense.

"We knew it would be a very difficult match. The league table shows why Portimonense are in first. They are effectively the best team in the league and are much better than everyone else. We didn't play well in the first-half and Portimonense ended up scoring from the two chances they had. Two situations brought about by individual mistakes from us. The second-half was different. We were playing better and starting to create problems, but we knew they would come at us again. That is exactly what happened and they had two more chances and scored two more goals", explained the Sporting CP B coach at the final whistle, adding: "We need to turn in some wins to turn around this run of negative results. This is my third season with the team and every year this happens. We have spoken about it and we are expecting to have a better second half to the season."