Patson positive despite dashed dream start

Patson positive despite dashed dream start
Leicester City's Patson Daka (L) in action with Napoli's Kevin Malcuit (R) during the UEFA Europa League group C soccer match between Leicester City and Napoli in Leicester, Britain, 16 September 2021. EPA/PETER POWELL

by Staff Reporter

Friday Sep 17, 2021. 13:00

Patson Daka is staying positive despite Thursday’s disappointment of a disallowed goal in Leicester City’s 2-2 home draw against Napoli in their opening UEFA Europa League Group C game.

The Zambia’s striker made his first competitive start for Leicester on September 17 since his summer move from Austrian champions RB Salzburg.

But Patson saw his dream start dashed when his 59th minute goal was ruled -out for offside after referee Tiago Martins’ VAR decision to deny the Chipolopolo striker his competitive debut goal at Leicester.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game, it was really important for me to get some minutes and at the end of the day we are just disappointed that we didn’t manage to get the three points,” Patson told LCTV.

“(I am) Disappointed, it was almost a dream come true for me.  I was  really out of words, I was  lost in the moment, I was overwhelmed,  I was happy but just when I saw the referee waiting on VAR, I just knew  there was little chance I would get the goal. I didn’t know I was  offside.

“I was waiting for him to start the game and I just saw him waiting and I knew that something wasn’t right.

“I was really disappointed that I didn’t get my first goal for the club.”

But Patson said after the 71-minute experience, things can only get better.

“It was a positive thing for me.  It is just unfortunate that it didn’t count but it also gives me a lot of confidence going forward because I know where the goal is,” Patson said.


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