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Coach Mariano Barreto has revealed that Hearts of Oak were triumphant in their matchweek 31 game against Asante Kotoko on Sunday due to one avoidable mistake from his defenders.

According to the Portuguese coach, none of the teams was able to create a clear goal scoring opportunity in the first stanza of the game, but the dynamism of the game, however, changed in the second half due to a defensive error which resulted in Hearts of Oak’s equalizer.

“No team had a chance to score in the first half because the transition was very good and the players did well.

“We started the second half well, but we made a very hard mistake and when you make such mistakes like we did, and when someone forget to mark [his marker], it becomes dangerous especially with the kind of players Hearts of Oak has. They are very speedy and skillful and they [speedy attackers] made the goal.”

Coach Barreto further reiterated that the Porcupine Warriors responded right after Hearts of Oak’s goal, but it was unfortunate that Augustine Okrah who was gifted with a clear cut opportunity could not find the back of the net when it mattered most.

“We reacted and the best chance came to Augustine Okrah, but he couldn’t score. They scored one goal and we couldn’t, but we have to accept the result.”

Former Asante Kotoko trainee – Daniel Afriyie Barnie scored the only goal of the game in the 68th minute having found himself unmarked in the eighteen yard box to connect the ball beyond the reach of goalkeeper Kwame Baah to boost Hearts of Oak chance of winning the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League trophy.

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