Accra Hearts of Oak coach, Henry Lamptey has admitted letting down the club’s vociferous fans on their maiden Premier League outing at adopted home, the Cape Coast Stadium.
After earning a point from their opening game, the Phobians suffered a humiliating 3-1 loss to AshantiGold on matchday two of the 2017/18 Ghana Premier League on Saturday.
It was heartbreak for the Hearts fans who thronged to the stadium from far and near but new boss Wellington is urging them to stick with the side.
“I feel we disappointed the fans because I was not expecting this result,” he told accraheartsofoaksc.com
“But it’s a lesson you have to learn from and I have learned from this defeat a lot.
“I will tell the fans that they shouldn’t lose hope. We have played two out of 30 matches and there’s 28 left. We will try to make amends so the fans shouldn’t be disappointed.”
Hearts started the game slowly and they were punished when they failed to clear from a corner kick with Ashgold taking the lead through James Akaminko.
“Individually, the boys played well but one way or the other, it’s only the result that I could not stand,” Wellington revealed.
“The early goal made it difficult for us. It’s hard to explain why we concede those goals because we have put in a lot of work to prevent such goals.
“This goal came around the 8th minute and it’s an avoidable goal. We conceded another cheap goal and it pains me that all those goals could have been avoided.”
Joseph Esso handed Hearts a lifeline, halving Ashgold’s two-goal lead in the 75th minute, but though the Phobians missed an opportunity to pull level with young striker Selasie Bakai failing to hit target after a howler from George Owu, the Miners hit hard at the other end to restore their lead.
“When they were leading 2-1, I thought we could get something out of the game but we did not take our chance,” Wellington continued.
“We were fighting to equalize but we did not have to concede another cheap goal.”
Hearts of Oak next face Ebusua Dwarfs at Cape Coast on Thursday.