Coach Conor Nestor: We respond to Western Phnom Penh positively

Coach Conor Nestor explained that Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng answered to Western Phnom Penh’s questions positively following an away win over the university-based club at the Western Stadium last weekend.

Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng bounced back from an embarrassing 6-1 defeat at home to Asia Euro United to thrash the bottom-table side 3-1 thanks to Brazilian forward Barboza Junior’s brace and Kheang Menghour’s further goal.

It took the visitors only twenty-five minutes to take a three-goal lead, with Barboza Junior putting them in front in the eighteenth minute of the play before bagging his second goal just five minutes after Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng’s opening goal.

Kheang Menghour extended Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng’s lead to 3-0 in the half way of the first period of the match before Yuspen Uopdana scored to pull one goal back for Western Phnom Penh, while the second half ended with no goals scored.

Coach Conor Nestor left Barboza Junior out of the squad list in Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng’s 6-1 loss at home, but the Brazilian forward happened to score a brace in his start against Western Phnom Penh, however, the 34-year-old coach had no regret of not playing the forward against Coach Sok Veasna’s side as he pointed out that the players who work the hardest will be played.

Coach Conor Nestor told TheMorning: “I think it’s like many [previous] games this season as we had some very good minutes throughout the game and some moments when we lost concentration.

“Every game is different, and every opponent asks different questions. This time, we answered the questions positively.

“In the game against Asia Euro United, we conceded 6 goals, so that’s why we lost. The players who work the hardest will play, and I make no apology for that [not playing Barboza Junior against Asia Euro United].

“I am never satisfied. It’s not the coaches’ job to be satisfied as my job is to analyze what was good and analyze where we need to improve. The players know where our problems are, and we need to continue to work through them [problems].

“We have one more game without our banned players, so that means the opportunities for some players who wouldn’t normally play against Boeung Ket to get a chance to do so.”

Following back-to-back victories over Western Phnom Penh, Coach Conor Nestor’s side sit in the sixth place with seven wins, three draws, and eight losses in their eighteen league matches this season with four matches to go till the end of the season.

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