Friday, October 22, 2021

Patson Daka gives his honest reaction to disallowed Europa League goal

Leicester City striker Patson Daka has admitted he was “out of words” when his goal against Napoli was ruled out for offside by VAR.

Daka scored midway through the second half at the King Power Stadium and the stadium rose as they thought he had scored his first competitive goal in a City shirt.

After a long wait, the goal was ruled out and Daka’s wait for his first Leicester goal will continue.

While he was “really disappointed” by the decision, the 22-year-old Zambian admits the game gave him “a lot of confidence” to play well for the rest of the season.

He could be rewarded for his performance with a start away at Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

“It was almost a dream come true for me,” he told LCFC TV.

“I was really out of words, I was lost in the moment. I was happy and immediately when I saw the referee waiting on VAR, I just knew there was little chance for me to get the goal. I didn’t know I was offside.

“I was waiting for him to start the game, but I saw him waiting and I knew something wasn’t right, so I’m really disappointed that I didn’t get my first goal for the club.

“It gives me a lot of confidence going forward, knowing that I still have a lot of opportunities to come and that I know where the goal is.”

Daka was also full of praise for the “crazy” atmosphere at the King Power Stadium last night as European nights returned to Leicester in front of fans for the first time since 2017.

“It was a really a tough game tonight and we knew it was going to be a tough game.

“It was really important, for me personally, to get some minutes and at the end of the day, and we’re just disappointed that we didn’t manage to get the three points.

“It was a beautiful goal from Ayo and it was a great team goal. The atmosphere was really great. It was crazy, it was amazing. The fans came out in numbers to push us and give us an extra energy that we needed. It was just unlucky that the great start we had didn’t turn into a good ending.”
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