ATK coach Teddy Sheringham stated that his side are missing their best players with injuries to Robbie Keane and Eugeneson Lyngdoh.
In the aftermath of a 3-0 defeat to FC Pune City, the former Tottenham striker mentioned that he doesn’t have his best available due to injury concerns. While Lyngdoh has been ruled out for the season, Keane too has been injury prone and has only started in four matches for the Kolkata outfit.
Sheringham also believes that playing seven of their first 10 matches in the Indian Super League (ISL) on the road has come to hurt his team.
“We have got our best player out injured in Robbie Keane and our best Indian player out injured in Eugeneson Lyngdoh. We are missing our top players. Add that to the fixture list; we have had seven of our first 10 league games away from home. For any team, that is going to take its toll on a team. We have got five games on the spin at home now.
“We have put ourselves in a bad position. If you get the five games at home early on, you have got a chance of being up there. We are in a bit of a dull place at the moment and we have the games, but we put pressure on ourselves by having seven away games and causing our problems ourselves,” said Sheringham.
Pune City were the dominant side and should have won the game by a bigger margin against a hapless ATK outfit.
“I think 3 – 0 is a fair reflection of the game. No complaints about the score. We started sloppily and after 20 minutes, Pune could have been 2-0 up. And then they scored. It’s an uphill battle when you are playing against a good team like Pune. They deserved their goal, but we did not start playing until after that. And that’s not good enough.”