Rivers United made a short trip to Owerri in the Match Day 11 of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) and slumped 2-1 to Heartland in a pulsating match.
The Naze Millionaires trainer, Alphonsus Dike was full of praise for his charges after the game.
“It was a keenly-contested game and a good result for us.
“My boys were able to adapt to the situation; they played the way they were supposed to in the end.
“They did well,” Dike told Rivers United Media.
Rivers United Coach Stanley Eguma on his part praised the home side for the win.
“It wasn’t a bad game. I commend Heartland FC because they fought very hard when the odds were against them.
“The two teams gave a good account of themselves.
“I also commend my players for fighting until the end,” he said.
The loss saw United drop two places on the log to seventh as they have amassed 16 points from 11 matches while Heartland move up to 10th with 14 points having played a game less 10.