Vadócz says draw against Kolkata is ‘two points dropped’

Krisztián Vadócz

Hungarian midfielder Krisztián Vadócz has been a steady performer for Pune City since being signed in midseason. Against league leaders Atlético de Kolkata in Pune, the 29-year-old covered every blade of grass, and nearly capped his efforts with his first ISL goal. Although he was denied by Kolkata keeper Apoula Edel Bete, who was in fine form throughout the game as Pune City were held to a draw, Vadócz’s performance caught the eye as he picked up the Amul Fittest Player of the Match award.

Speaking to after the match, Vadócz seemed reasonably satisfied with his own performance, although he was disappointed that he and his teammates could not get the win that he felt his side deserved. “I think for us it means that we lost two points,” the former Motherwell and Osasuna midfielder said of the 1-1 draw. “Our clear objective was to win the game. We put a lot of energy into the game, we created a lot of chances and I don’t think we’re satisfied with this result.”

Vadócz acknowledged the opposition keeper’s role in preventing Pune City from getting the win. “I think he’s one of their best players,” remarked Vadócz about Edel. “He saved them a lot of times – unfortunately, for us!”

Edel’s saves included a couple from Vadócz’s shots, as the Hungarian looked to open his ISL goalscoring account. He is confident that goals – and wins – are around the corner for himself and his side.

“I think some of them were missed chances,” Vadócz, who has 40 caps for the Hungarian national side, rued. “If I keep going like this, then, maybe I can score in the next match! This is my aim and I also hope to get the three points.”

Vadócz was also full of praise for the Pune City fans, who were in full voice as they tried to cheer their team on to victory. The Hungarian was making his first appearance at the Balewadi Sports Stadium, and he was impressed by the atmosphere at the stadium. “This was my first match at home! I think we work together – we create some chances and they create a good atmosphere. For them it was an enjoyable match.”

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