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Ahly coach Martin Jol angry for players sending off

Jol believes Ahly deserved to win against Arab Contractors, but with two opponent players sent off, it was difficult for him to assess the performance of his own team

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 26 May 2016
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Ahly's new coach Martin Jol (Al-Ahram)
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Ahly coach Martin Jol was angry when two Arab Contractors players were sent off during the Red Devils' 3-0 win, with Contractors forced to play nearly 70 minutes with eight outfielders.

"It's difficult to evaluate players' performance because of the game's circumstances since the 25th minute," Jol told the post-game press conference.

"In the first 25 minutes of the game we dominated Arab Contractors and we were to close score," he said.

The Cairo giants, Ahly claimed a 3-0 away victory over Arab Contractors in a dramatic Egyptian League fixture that saw the game almost called off after the hosts went down to nine men before reaching a point where they were playing with only seven on the pitch.

"Playing against nine players couldn't represent our real performance so I was angry for the two players' sending off," the Dutch coach said.

"We proved that we are a strong team as our nets received only eight goals in 14 games, but we didn't get any appreciation for that achievement," he added.

A 21st-minute goal by Malick Evouna sparked outrage from Contractors, who subsequently had two players — striker Ahmed Ali and full-back Ahmed 'Mody' — sent off in quick succession for dissent.

"We don't need to score more goals after the players' were sent off; that's my mentality as well as the team's character," Jol said.

Ahly remain top with 68 points after restoring their eight-point lead over second-placed Zamalek with four matches remaining.   

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