Heartland grinded out a first win after five games and Coach, Erasmus Onuh Olottah, though relived by the 1-0 defeat of Plateau United urged the club management to do more to motivate the players.
Chukwudi Nwaodu’s half volley from about 22 yards in the 16th minute secured a return to winning ways for Heartland and a happy Olottah told www.npfl.ng that he knew the players would get it right at some stage despite their unimpressive results of recent.
The Coach would go ahead to challenge the management on what must be in place for the club to move out of the relegation zone, insisting team’s logistics must be put right to ensure the players and the coaches are happy.
While commending the Management for moving the players out of their camp in troubled Orlu town to Owerri, emphasized that they can only keep the team going and active if the motivation is right.
“I’m well relieved that we picked this important three points. When you look at the game today it is still the same thing I have been harping on that we are work in progress,” Olottah said.
“The only thing that will set us back is in the area of logistics. When the logistics are taken care of, the results will come.”
Olottah thumbed up the squad for adhering to the game plan but expressed worries that they were still not converting scoring opportunities to goals.
During the match, Heartland missed several sitters that could have killed off the game even before the final 30 minutes.
“We have all seen that the game today was quite different from the ones we have played in recent time. The team’s return to Owerri has been a blessing to us because we have more time now to train than when we were in Orlu,” Olottah continued.
“When chances are created it means the players are taking the instructions of the technical crew. Putting the ball in the net is the initiative of the players because the coach won’t teach you how you will put it in the net.”
What does this mean?
It means Heartland FC have left the bottom of the table after the slim home win and they are now 18th on the table with 24 points from 24 games. Plateau United are still four points behind league leaders, Rivers United with 48 points from 24 games.
Plateau United will host Remo Stars in Jos this weekend while Heartland are off to Kaduna to play Wikki Tourists in Matchday 25 fixtures.