Super Eagles midfielder, Mikel Agu has revealed that it was a mixed feelings for him to score and still end up on the losing side with his Portuguese side Victoria de Setubal in their Friday’s Portuguese Primeira Liga match at Portimonense,
The Nigeria international opened his goal account for Vitoria Setubal in the match, but his effort was not enough as the Green and Whites were defeated 3-1 by home team Portimonense at the Estadio Municipal do Portimao.
The home team raced into a three-goal lead with strikes from Eder Jadson and a brace from Jackson Martinez in each half of the game before Agu pulled one back in the 60th minute.
“I’d been looking forward to scoring my first goal but I would have loved it to be in a victory for Setubal, not a loss,” Agu told CSN.
“We’ll keep fighting to get better and I know our performance in the game, particularly in the second half, deserved better than a loss. We’ll try to return to winning ways in our next game,” Agu assured.
In his post-match reaction, Victoria Setubal’s manager Lito Vidigal admitted Portimonense were the better team, but he praised his side’s efforts in the second half.
“It was not a good first half for us because we lost our identity. However, in the second half, the game was different,” Vidigal said.
“We came back to be Vitória, with a well-defined identity and we settled our game, managing to create several goalscoring chance, but I must say that it was a fair victory for Portimonense, because, in general, they were better than us.
“Despite everything, I liked the attitude of my team in the second half and that is what is most important.”
The game was Agu’s eighth straight Primeira Liga game for Setubal in which he’s played the entire 90 minutes since his deadline day loan move from parent club FC Porto.
The Green and White’s next match is on Tuesday against Sporting Braga in a Round of 16 Taca de Portugal.
By Johnny Edward