Shillong Lajong play their first game after Desmond Bulpin's sacking, can the North Eastern side put an end to a miserable run against an unpredictable Air India?
|SHILLONG LAJONG FC
Baldip, Dias, Bheke, Gagandeep;
Micky;Souvik, Shetty, Mohanraj;
Lallawmzuala, Passah, Son, Mawia;
Chitrasen, Hmar, Lyngdoh, Jibon;
Winless in 9 games Shillong Lajong, have continuously drifted to the wrong side of the table. If December was a sorry month for the North Eastern club, January hasn't been any better. The reason being that the club has conceded 7 goals and have failed to score, and it did not come as a surprise when the top brass at Shillong Lajong finally gave in to the immense pressure by the media and fans by sacking the experienced Scot Desmond Bulpin. Assistant coach Thangboi Singto has taken over as interim coach for the Reds.
The Reds will begin life without Bulpin as they take on an unpredictable Air India at home. The Airmen have themselves been a mixed bag this season and have just registered 4 points in their last 5 matches.
The fans from the North east would expect a reaction from their team with a new manager at the helm. However the going would not be easy for them given that Elijah Junior and co will definitely look to add to the slump Shillong have hit, by going all out for what could be an easy three points on the road.
It has all the making of a classic encounter with both teams looking to distance themselves from the relegation zone. The hosts would have to address their goal scoring problems soon before another crucial home game slips away.
Overall one can expect the crowd in Shillong to back their team from the start to the very end. The visitors on the other hand will want a victory before they find themselves in a similar situation like the North Eastern club. Who wins this tie can be anybody’s guess as both teams have been in miserable form , the one that takes its chances tomorrow will bag all three points.
Air India:- Sukhwinder Singh seems set to make his return to the starting line up for the Air Men.
Shillong Lajong:- Thangboi Singto will find it tough as he will be without the services of a few crucial players and some others who are not 100% fit. We may very well see the same line up that took on Pailan Arrows last week.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Shillong Lajong FC will look to register their first win in 9 games as Singto takes charge of the team in place of Bulpin.
- Elijah Junior is Air India's top scorer this season with his tally of 4 goals which includes 2 penalties.
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