As last week’s 2-2 draw at home to Maccabi Netanya ended Maccabi’s winning streak, Tal Ben Chaim didn’t hide his satisfaction following the 3-1 victory at Ashdod.

The forward who scored Maccabi’s equalizer on the way to a four-minute comeback in the second half, said after the match: “I think that last Saturday was a difficult match not just in terms if the result but as I don’t think we even deserved the point we collected. We arrived here today and right from the start we showed that we deserved this victory. To concede a goal close to the interval is an unpleasant situation but I am delighted we managed to complete the job and come back into the game”.

With Maccabi ranked fourth in the table, with a considerable distance from the leading duo, Ben Chaim remained adamant: “Even though we are not part of the title race, for the moment we can’t afford to drop any further points this season. The DNA of this club is always to finish as high as possible, yet we had a poor start to the season which places us now in a situation that we need to win every match so that we finish as high as we possibly can. One mustn’t forget that we also have the State Cup to play for so as far as we are concerned the season is far from over”.