UCL: Idowu Receives ‘Good’ Rating From Lokomotiv Gaffer


Lokomotiv Moscow of Russia defender, Brian Idowu has received a verdict of a ‘good performance’ from his club’s coach, manager, Yury Semin, following the Super Eagles star’s efforts in their UEFA Champions League match on Tuesday.

Though the gaffer was sad the team lost 3-0 away to Galatasaray of Turkey, Semin praised Idowu for holding his position and adding depth to the defence.

The Railwaymen’s manager, though, admitted it is hard to praise anyone once the team loses so heavily, but noted that Idowu had initially been in doubt to feature in the game, let alone play all 90 minutes.

Idowu, who has not featured for the Russian Premier League club in their first seven ties of the season made a surprise start at Türk Telekom Stadyumu, for which his coach has hailed him for featuring well on the left side of defence.

Semin said: “Idowu played well. He came out in his position. Nothing unexpected. Three central defenders are also in their places.”

However, in spite of a favourable verdict from his coach, Idowu admits he was sad that The Railway Men lost the game, and says it was because they conceded soft goals.

Idowu blamed the heavy defeat, in which he was booked in the second half, on a nervous start by Lokomotiv, as their hosts finished the game a man short.

“We were probably too nervous in the beginning. Their goals came out of nowhere. We managed to take the game under control for some time but it didn’t last,” Idowu noted.


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