Stojkovic rues another Nagoya home draw

Nagoya Grampus coach Dragan Stojkovic has rued the fact his side was held to another draw at home in the Asian Champions League.

The Japanese club had to come from behind to grab a point against Australia’s Newcastle Jets and Stojkovic was left to defend his choice of using goal scorer Keiji Tamada as a substitute.

“No, I don’t regret it,” he said.

“I decided to give them a rest as we’ll have a very important game against Urawa in the J. League. I gave other players a chance to play.

“But the problem is that we didn’t control the ball: We missed too many easy balls and didn’t have control. Our opponents were pressuring us especially in the air.

“I told Tamada to give his best to score a goal and work with Davi to put our opponents under pressure in the backline,” added Stojkovic.

“He changed a lot of things and finally scored a fantastic goal from a free kick.

“It was a very hard game. This is our second home game that we drew. We didn’t play so well in the first half and dominated in the second half.

“Everything is open. Nothing is finished. It’ll be interesting until the end. We have another game away (in Newcastle), so we’ll see how we are going to make the game.”

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