I-League: DSK Shivajians' Dave Rogers - Churchill Brothers back to where they belong

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While DSK Shivajians head coach Dave Rogers spoke highly of the Goan club, his counterpart rued on missed chances in their first three games...

It will be for the first time that DSK Shivjians will have met Churchill Brothers in the I-League's history when the Pune-based outfit host them at the Balewadi Stadium on Saturday evening.

Home coach Dave Rogers would have been a relieved man after picking up a win against Chennai City FC midweek but believes it will be another stern test for them.

"Looking forward to playing Churchill. It's good to see them back in the I-League, that is the place where they belong," said the Briton after the Goan club was brought back into the national fold three years after they last featured in the I-League.

The Red Machines have failed to register even a single point but Rogers did not read too much into it. " I don't expect to any game easy. Just because Churchill haven't won a game yet, we were in the same position after two matches. In this league, anybody is capable of beating anybody on their day"

"They might not have a little bit of luck in their games, it was the same with us in our first two," commented the Liverpool-born.

Alfred Fernandes Keenan Almeida DSK Shivajians Churchill Brothers I-League 2017

On the other hand Alfred Fernandes, Churchill's assistant coach did not cut too much of a forlorn figure given the damning results. Instead, he chose to look on the positive nature of things he observed.

" Tactically we were good in the last match but we were punished for the silly mistakes we made, especially against a big club like East Bengal. That cost us the match. Hopefully, Saturday's match can be a turning point for us to put some points on the board," he reflected.

" We have been together for just a couple of days. We did not have enough time for the preparation and in spite of that we have been giving good fights for the bigger teams, so that is a positive that I can take out of the three matches"

" We are putting up a good show and coming out with our heads held high, that speaks for our resilience and team effort," concluded Fernandes.

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