Technical Adviser of Lobi Stars, Mohammed Baba Ganaru is demanding more from the players despite a 2-1 win over Gombe United.
The Pride of Benue had to hold on for much parts of second half to secure the match points in their Matchday 24 clash of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL clash played in Makurdi on Wednesday.
Lobi who were the better side for most parts of the match took a deserved lead on the stroke of half time when Ebederi Endurance nodded home a long throw from Ubong Williams.
The hosts doubled their lead on the hour mark with substitute Chinonso Okonkwo scoring from the spot after Abdulkadir Alege had stung Mubarak Said in the Gombe box.
The Savannah Scorpions reduced the deficit with 14 minutes to end the game after substitute Alameen Alameen was fed with a brilliant pass by Ahmed Jimoh to muscle his way into space before shooting past Mustapha Aliko.
Gombe United, coached by Aliyu Zubairu tried to make a late comeback with series of attack but it was too little too late for them as Lobi Stars held on to record a win.
Ganaru who commended the players for their performance told www.npfl.ng that more is still required to end the season on a positive note even as he insisted that Lobi Stars cannot be relegated.
“We gave a good account of ourselves, especially in the first half when we dominated the game well and I think we could have won it earlier but we thank God for the win and I commend the players for how they held on to it.
“I believe we need to do more and make our chances count earlier in subsequent games, though the new players are still blending in with those they met here. Its time we get our play right and convert this performance to getting results on the road.”
Coach Zubairu who was visibly not happy with the result believed Gombe United deserved something positive from the game and noted that their hosts were lucky.
“Its unfortunate we lost, we could have gotten something here today but I believe they (Lobi Stars) were lucky to win it. They assembled some good players that added to their bites and I think the coach has done a good job on them.
“Its not a good result for us as we aimed to push up from our position but we have a lot to build on and be better. I am confident we will get better from now on”, he said.
Lobi Stars have now have 26 points from 24 games and will be taking on Akwa United next.
Gombe United remained on 32 points and currently sits eighth on the table and will be hosting Katsina United on Matchday 25.