Olaroiu frustrated with lack of goals

Olaroiu's side were held to a 0-0 with their opponents from Uzbekistan at the Al-Rashid Stadium in Dubai, a result which sees the United Arab Emirates outfit bottom of Group D with two points from three matches.

"We had total control of the match and we tried different things. The one problem we had was that we were unable to score and get the three points. We created the chances against a very organised team, who simply did not concede us too much space. Of course we expect much more from the players up front, but then this is the situation and we need to play with what we have,” Olaroiu has been quoted as saying by Gulf News.

“We tried all things possible, but we also have to work with the limited options that we have at our disposal. We do not have more than one striker and this has been a problem that is not new to us this season. The possibility for substitutions is very limited and now we lost our most important player Esmail [Al Hammadi] as he received a second yellow card [in the competition, earning him a one-game ban].”

Olaroiu admitted that he was disappointed with the club's failure to land a new striker in January which has left him short of options up front.

“Fans want me to substitute Ahmad Khalil. But who will play in his place? We always wanted a striker in January and the president [Abdullah Al Naboodah] was willing to pay the price,” said the Romanian.

“We had shortlisted four names, but as the deadline approached none of the deals came through. That was our mistake. Can you imagine we have the remainder of the season with just one striker?”