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ISL 2019-20 | The penalty was unfair on us, says frustrated Antonio Lopez Habas

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ISL 2019-20 | The penalty was unfair on us, says frustrated Antonio Lopez Habas

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ATK manager Antonio Lopez Habas has expressed his frustration at the numerous referring decisions not going their way on Sunday against Kerala Blasters, pointing out the penalty call that led to the equalizer. Assistant coach Manuel Cascallana, however, decided to look at the effort by the team.

The result at the end of the match on Sunday painted a grim picture for ATK fans, who were felt hard done by despite putting in more than their 100 percent. After taking the lead on as early as the fifth minute through Agus Garcia, the visitors had many chances on the break but they couldn’t either take it or the decisions didn’t go their way.

Eventually, Kerala were able to come back to the game through a soft penalty call from Jesse Carneiro, who was brought down by Pronay Halder while defending a corner. And Habas felt it was not a penalty.  “We did not convert nearly 6-7 chances which should have been converted. The penalty (Kerala’s) was unfair on us. We had a penalty call before that, but the referee missed it,” the Spaniard said in the post-match press conference, reported ISL.

However, his assistant coach Manuel Cascallana has decided to look at the positives from the team who simply ran over a star-studded Kerala Blasters side on the counter-attacks.

“We played a great match. We saw a really good performance on the pitch in the first 45 minutes. Last minute of the first half we conceded a goal, and later in the second half, we had many chances. So, it was really good from the team,” said Cascallana.

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