Damir Krznar debuted on Celje bench with a big win, suspended Nino Kouter heard them: ‘He did something stupid and let us down’
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Damir Krznar could hardly have imagined a better debut on the bench of Celje. The Croat led his new team to a smooth victory away in Rogaska Slatina, where Celje beat Rogaska 4:0. It is interesting to note that the Celje squad played for more than an hour with one less player, Nino Kouter was sent off after receiving two yellow cards.
Damir Krznar admitted after the match that the Prekmurje midfielder did not do himself any favours, and he also pointed out that the former Mura player let his teammates down.
“The team reacted really well, especially after the red card. That’s called team strength. We scored quickly and that gave us calm. Then we didn’t play calmly, Nino Kouter did something stupid and let us down. It’s not easy to defend a lead with nine players in the field. But we did it; we played well and scored goals. This is a feat and the boys deserve a big congratulations. I repeat, Nino Kouter did something stupid, but the team pulled him out of trouble. And in a fantastic way. We were also lucky, but luck follows the brave,“, explained Damir Krznar, who before coming to Celje was the head of the Maribor and added with a laugh: ”Kouter will have to redeem himself. He will treat his teammates, so we can save the day.”
As if the devil really had youngsters, Celjani were without a goalkeeper before the end of the half. Matjaž Rozman had to leave the game due to an injury and was replaced by Metod Jurhar, the third goalkeeper. “We had problems, we changed goalkeepers and the third goalkeeper was defending. Great response, great defences. This time I have a lot to be happy about. Character won this match. It is easier to get to the top than to stay there. We have all the conditions, we must be humble and wise. It’s a good start,” said an expert from neighbouring Croatia.
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