UNITED SEEK TO REVERSE RECENT RESULTS AGAINST LEAGUE’S NEW BOYS
30 / 05 / 2016
United travel across the river to Imanta tomorrow to face competitive Amoko/02, in search of changing their fortunes around.
Date published: 30/05/2016, 21:30
Amoko/02 vs Riga United FC
Ostvaldas vsk. mākslīgais laukums - Imanta, Riga
31/05/2016 - 19:45
Riga United start a run of 4 away games in a row as they face one of the league’s new teams Amoko/02. Mo Awada and the team will most certainly be looking for a reaction tomorrow from Saturday’s disappointing defeat to Dinamo.
Amoko/02 are a relative unknown to teams in the Riga division having joined this year but there is no doubt they look strong and competitive. They’ll be coming into this game full of confidence, following their 5-3 victory over high-flying Salaspils FS. Awada will be uring on the side of caution when he comes up against them tomorrow. Speaking to the RUSG, this is what he had to say: “I have to be honest I don't know much about Amoko, they are new to the league this season but looking at their squad list a few familiar names pop up. They have had a good start to the season, winning 2 of their opening 3 games so we will not take them lightly.”
Riga on the other hand, will be happy this game has come so close to Saturday’s loss, as it means the players haven’t had much time to lick their wounds and can focus on the game in hand. They have dipped in form over the past week after starting brightly. However, they’ll be looking to turn their fortunes around. To get something from Amoko would be good as this starts a series of 4 away games inside two weeks. Awada was pleased this game has come though and looking for them to fight back, as he mentioned: “Following the disappointment of our last game, it’s great that we have another game just a few days later. I was very disappointed with our 1st half performance on Saturday, my feelings have been made clear to the team. I expect more and the players expect more, they have had a couple of days to reflect and I think they know they let each other down and I'm looking for a big reaction tomorrow and a much better performance.”
Most of the squad remains the same for Riga United, which will be good for getting into this game. A few of the players have picked up knocks but some will see a return the to the lineup. Mo was particularly happy to see Niels Krause and Karim Gouglou return. “I'm happy to welcome back Niels and Karim to the squad, a couple of others are carrying little knocks so they will be accessed tonight before we travel to Imanta.”