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Gonzales: Substitues key to UP's big wins

Coach Anto had the best day yesterday as his ladies and men gave them a well deserved W.
By Kevin Estrada

MANILA -- UP football boss Anto Gonzales could not hide his glee after both his ladies and the men's team won their respective matches yesterday.

For him the Maroon booters, who are the reigning kings and queens of the UAAP season, personified what UP Fight is after talking to Dugout Philippines at the end of their respective matches.

"To be honest, I was becoming hopeless. I felt like as if they really don't want it. We talked about giving it all. Wer're just gonna go back there," Gonzales opened his thoughts after the Lady Maroons came back from a goal down to thwart UST earlier in the afternoon.

Although exasperated first, he also gave importance to the matter of a fighting heart to get them through the challenges they face.

"The fight. I think more than anything else. I didn't say any tactical, technical coaching during the huddle. We have to play good football, perfect effort for the whole ninety minutes," Gonzales added.

But in the entire day that he coached, he thinks that the credit for the titleholder's workmanlike wins were made by his substitutes who changed the game for them.

"Those were the players who have been working very hard and remained positive despite not getting a lot of minutes, especially [Patricia] Malonzo who turned the game around in the second half," he said, added that later in the evening, much the same was said to Raphael Resuma who won the Diliman Derby for them just five minutes after coming on.

"That boy [Resuma] is a hard-worker. Definitely deserves the goal," Gonzales added.

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