NSW (New South Wales) Thunder coach Jamie Amendolia lamented the lack of a killer touch as the Australians succumbed to a narrow 4-3 defeat to Wuhan Dilong in their AFC Futsal Club Championship opener at Piroozi Stadium on Thursday, but is confident it will come as they play more games.
Both sides had chances throughout the match but it was the Chinese that made the most of their opportunities with late strikes in quick succession from Wang Wei and Hu Jie putting the game beyond the Thunder.
“The game was a very good experience for us, it was our first in a competition like this,” said Amendolia (pictured).
“I am very happy with our overall performance, we outplayed the Chinese side but if we don’t finish chances we don’t win games and that was big thing for us.
“I think that comes from experience and that experience comes from playing at this level and in this competition.”
While Wuhan had the better of a first half that yielded few chances, Thunder grew in confidence and hit the woodwork on a number of occasions in the second period while they also failed finish after creating a number of decent opportunities.
“I think in the second half we played a lot better, we came for the ball more and I thought we finished the stronger team,” added Amendolia.
“We had two or three occasions when we could have scored and we hit the bar a few times late on so I don’t think it is a stamina issue, it is just about experience.”
Wuhan Dilong’s Li Xin was pleased with how his side performed against a physically stronger Australian side.
“I am very moved by the players,” he said. “They tried their best under difficult conditions and I cannot ask for much more.
“It was a close match and all the players for the Australian team are strong and skilful and very good, so we did well.”