Kakhaber Tskhadadze, Georgia coach:
We had to make two substitutions before the second half had begun; Aleksandre Amisulashvili was badly injured at the start of game and Tornike Okriashvili couldn't carry on after the break. That meant big problems. Our biggest problem was to keep the ball when we had it.
In the second half, we tryed to playing more ugly in attack, and I have thanked the team for their efforts in doing that. But we still have problems in the final phase; the players don't look like they think they can score, but that's a psychological problem which we can resolve with some hard work.
Kakhaber Tskhadadze kicked-off his Georgia tenure with a 2-0 win against Malta thanks to late goals from Jaba Kankava and Valeri Kazaishvili. Tskhadadze tested three tactical models against Malta, who were lucky not to concede early in the second half when KRC Genk midfielder Tornike Okriashvili rattled the crossbar, though substitute Alfred Effiong hit the post for Malta later on his international debut. Georgia had to wait until 83 minutes to break the deadlock as Kankava connected with Levan Kenia's free-kick, and there was time for substitute Kazaishvili to score his first goal for Georgia in the dying minutes.
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