Nembe City assistant coach, Felix Levi, has admitted his players lacked fighting spirit in their 3-0 derby loss to Sharks in the Glo Premier League on Sunday.
Sharks cruised to an easy victory with a brace from Christian Pyagbara in the sixth and 21st minutes, while Chiamaka Madu scored the other on nine minutes.
Levi told supersport.com that they played below expectation and the performance lacked the intensity expected in a derby game.
“It was very disappointing,” he said.
“After having a good game in Jos (where they lost 2-1 to Giwa FC), this performance against Sharks was nothing to write home about.
“Port Harcourt is supposed to be a home to most of us because we were either brought up here or have lived here, but the players didn’t use that to their advantage.
“It was so bad that we conceded three goals in 21 minutes.
“We didn’t pick up on time and that is not good enough.
“The players themselves knew this. We charged them during the break to raise their game and they were able to pick up in the second half.”
Levi admitted it would be a tall order for his side to avoid relegation to the Nigeria National League.
“For now we just want to give a good account of ourselves,” he toldsupersport.com.
“There’s no magic (to avoid the drop) and we just have to be truthful to ourselves.
“That doesn’t mean our opponents will have it easy against us.
“We came here to win this game, but it didn’t turn out that way.”
Nembe City are rooted to the foot of the Glo Premier League table with a paltry 25 points from 30 matches.
Week 30 Results/scorers
Crown 0-0 Enyimba
Heartland 1-0 Pillars
scorer: Bobby Clement 10 mins
Sharks 3-0 Nembe
scorers: Christian Pyagbara 6min, 21 mins, Madu 9 mins
A/Warriors 2-1 Dolphins
scorer: Ndifreke Effiong 33 mins,90 mins, Emeka Atuloma 88 min,(Dolphins)
Akwa 0-0 Rangers
Lobi 2-1 Giwa
scorers: Musa Najere 6 mins, Barnabas Imenger Jnr 76 min, Olorunke Ojo (Giwa) 80 mins (pen)
Taraba 3-1 Wolves
scorers: Olabisi Samuel 17 mins, Azeez Abu 55 mins (Wolves), Fidelis Saviour 85 mins
Bayelsa 2-0 Sunshine
scorers: Samuel Tsanya 27 mins, Peter Ebimobowei 80 mins
Gombe 0-0 El-Kanemi
Nasarawa 3-1 Kaduna
scorers: Leonard Ugochukwu 12min, 29mins, 48 mins, Bitrus Solomon (Kaduna) 86 mins