Srna upbeat despite home draw

Darijo Srna admitted Shakhtar Donetsk's 2-2 draw with Borussia Dortmund was "not the result they wanted" but remains optimistic.

Last Updated: 14/02/13 at 11:56 Post Comment

Darijo Srna: Remains optimistic despite conceding twice at home

Darijo Srna: Remains optimistic despite conceding twice at home

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Srna and substitute Douglas Costa twice put the home side ahead in Wednesday night's Champions League last-16, first-leg tie at the Donbass Arena but goals from Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels, the latter coming three minutes from full-time, earned Dortmund a hard-fought draw.

"It could have been better and obviously this is not the result we would have wanted," Srna said.

"We were in front twice, but on both occasions we let that lead slip away, four minutes before the end of the first half and at the end of the match we gave away a silly goal.

"At this level you can't get away with making such mistakes. We have to look forward, it's just a shame that all our hard work has been undone.

"We have got three weeks to prepare for the next game and I am sure that we will play better in the return leg.

"Two-all is not the result we wanted and we have to win in Dortmund, but the tie is still open and we will be doing everything to try and get the result we need. Borussia were fitter than us today, but that's not surprising as their winter break finished weeks ago."

Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu was disappointed by his side's defending.

He said: "It's a pity that we didn't achieve our goal, which was to beat Dortmund, but quite frankly, I have to admit that the end result was fair.

"Our opponents once again proved they are a very organised team who are well prepared physically. They played aggressively and tried to attack whenever possible, creating a lot of problems for us.

"We couldn't keep the lead we had twice established and we made some errors. That is inexcusable.

"It's a 2-2 draw, but we still have some time to work and prepare" [for the second leg].

"We made schoolboy mistakes today and now we have to work hard. We talked a lot about set pieces while we were preparing for Dortmund, but they still used one of their big strengths to score."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Iker Casillas confident he can hold off David De Gea at Real Madrid

Iker Casillas intends to stay at Real Madrid and is confident he can hold off the challenge of David De Gea at the Bernabeu.

Officials arrested in Switzerland ahead of FIFA meeting

Seven serving FIFA officials have been arrested in Switzerland on corruption charges, Swiss authorities have confirmed.

Danny Ings subject of £12m Tottenham bid - Sky sources

Tottenham are ready to bid £12m for Burnley striker Danny Ings, according to Sky sources.

Mail Box

Vidic Is Part Of United's 'Budget XI'

We have post-2000 budget XIs on behalf of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs. Plus gaelic football, FIFA, more awards and the majesty of Il Fenomeno...

Europa League: Hardly The AIA Cup

A Spurs fan definitely isn't bothered his side aren't in the Europa League final tonight. Also, a warning about Michael Laudrup, and how to build a team with less than £20m.

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company