The Red Eagles suffered their first loss of the 2022/2023 Star Times Uganda Premier League at the hands of their bitter rivals SC Villa 2-0 on Friday in Wankulukuku.
The tension was there in both camps before the tie, probably because of the history that has always come with games over the years.
However, Express head coach James Odoch believes his side was the better team: “We were the better side among the two but luck was not on our side.”
“SC Villa were just lucky, they got a few chances and converted twice, for us we got several chances but failed to convert any.”
“Yes, luck was on their side but am happy with the way the boys executed the game plan,” he added.
Before kickoff, there was a lunchtime heavy downpour and Odoch believes that affected the surface and it hindered their game approach.
“The surface was not good, it gave the opponent the second goal. It was not favouring any team but we suffered most.”
“Of course, losing to Villa is so painful because it’s a derby but we will not cry any longer but rather regroup and plan for the game ahead.”
After three games Express sit fifth with four points on a 15-team SUPL log, they host Gaddafi on Tuesday as Wasswa Bbosa returns to Wankulukuku in the latter’s dugout.