Reaction - Figueira delighted with character

Words: ACFC Media

Saturday 16 January 2021

Picture: Phototek

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Personality and character - those are the words Auckland City FC coach Jose Figueira chose to describe the fighting qualities of his side after they went down to ten-men in today's 2-1 win over Hamilton Wanderers in the ISPS Handa Premiership at Kiwitea Street today.

Figueira saw his side face a similar situation earlier this season in their 2-2 draw with Team Wellington at David Farrington Park and was delighted his side showed enough resilience to overcome a tenacious and well-organised Hamilton Wanderers.

"Delighted with the win. Its now three wins on the bounce with three strong performances. We showed all aspects of our personality today.

"Hamilton are right up there because they're a strong well organised team and make life very difficult and we knew they would coming into the game.

"We caused them a lot of problems and deservedly took a 2-0 lead and then the red card and going down to ten men changed the dynamic a bit.

"Delighted with the way the guys rolled their sleeves up and saw out the game.

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"We had ten men down in Wellington where we were 2-0 up even earlier than that and conceded two quick goals.

"Today we've seen it out and showed great personality and character and it bodes well moving forward.

"The supporters were great. Every game we have here, we always have a great crowd and great atmosphere.

"We are always proud to have the supporters that we do and a community that support us and Hamilton brought up a big contingent too which is great to see - everyone enjoying live football.

"This year the league is ultra competitive and I'm delighted we're in the position we want to be.

"There are big games coming but if you come away with the results and you can maintain momentum, that keeps us in the position where we want to be," he said.

Auckland City FC's next match is the Gridlock Derby away to Eastern Suburbs AFC at Madills Farm on Sunday 24 January, 2021.

The match kicks off at 4pm NZDT. 

Ends

Match Result
ISPS Handa Premiership
Saturday 16 January, 2021
Auckland City FC 2 (Own Goal 31', Brian KALTACK 53')
Hamilton Wanderers 1 (Owen COMBER 80')
HT: 1-0.
Mario ILICH (Red Card) for Auckland City FC minute 64'.

AC: 24. Cam BROWN (GK), 2. Mario ILICH, 3. Adam MITCHELL, 6. Brian KALTACK, 7. Cam HOWIESON, 10. Dylan MANICKUM, 14. Jordan VALE, 16. Yousif AL-KALISY (8. Albert RIERA 87'), 19. Logan ROGERSON (17. Andrew BLAKE 76'), 22. Mohamed AWAD, 23. Alfie ROGERS.

SUBS NOT USED: 18. Conor TRACEY (GK), 4. Mario BILEN, 13. Dre VOLLENHOVEN.

COACH: Jose FIGUEIRA.

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Saturday 16 January, 2021
Canterbury United 1-0 Eastern Suburbs AFC

Sunday 17 January, 2021
Hawke's Bay United 2-2 Team Wellington

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