The Meghalaya outfit got the better of The Mumbaikars, thanks to Asier Dipanda who ran the show with a first half brace (28', 43'). Karan Sawhney scored a consolation for Mumbai in the 58th minute but was unable to spark a comeback as Konsham Singh found the winner in the 70th minute to put things beyond doubt for the home side.
Speaking on the result, Thangboi Singto praised the young side's efforts. ''Great credit to the boys today, they stuck to the plan and executed really well. I’m happy with the result,'' he expressed.
However, the manager believed that Lajong could have increased their lead in the second half, had they capitalized their chances. ''I believe we could have scored more in the second half, seeing the chances we got,'' revealed the 42-year-old.
Further, Singto discussed about the areas of improvement as he spoke about the flaws committed by the defense. ''The plan was to keep a clean sheet. I think we need to be quicker and sharper in the box,'' he explained.
As for visitors Mumbai, gaffer Santosh Kashyap termed Singto's side a tough opposition. ''They were a tough opponent and I had told this earlier too. It was a tough away fixture and (Shillong) Lajong did well,'' he mentioned.
The former Royal Wahingdoh manager was unhappy with the referee's decisions, especially in the red card event. Kattimani was sent off for handling the ball outside the box, hereby reducing the Mumbai side to ten men. Commenting on this, Kashyap said, ''I think the referee wasn’t honest with his decisions. My perception is that his officiating at this level should be better (than what it is now).''
Lastly, the 50-year-old shared a word on newbie Robson Chaves Santana's performance. The Brazilian had a below-par game but the gaffer has confidence in him. ''Robson’s miss was a crucial moment. But it’s his first game, so it is tough for him to adjust to the plan, the team and the atmosphere,'' explained Kashyap.
The 3-1 result makes it three losses in a row for The Yellows who are now sixth on the points table.