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  • 18 January 2014
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Sporting Clube de Goa - East Bengal Preview: Injury concerns for the two sides

Sporting Clube de Goa - East Bengal Preview: Injury concerns for the two sides

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The Flaming Oranje will look to bounce back against the defending champions and anything other than a win would spoil their chances…

Sporting Clube de Goa and East Bengal go head-to-head on Saturday at the MDS Stadium, Manjeri in a group B encounter of the Federation Cup.

Oscar Bruzon’s side conceded three goals in the first half against Bengaluru and despite their mini-revival which saw then struck three in 16 minutes; they ended up losing 5-3.

The Spaniard coach is concerned about the team being leaky at the back and as has been the case throughout the season, do not convert the number of chances they create.

“We love to play open football, although after the last game we must look to shore up the defence, build up cautiously and then the rest will fall into place,” said Bruzon as he identified the issue because of which they were defeated in their first game.

“Against Bengaluru, 4 out of the 5 goals were defensive errors and the players have put their hands up and taken ownership for their mistakes so we will start on a clean slate. On a positive note, we scored three goals in the last 16 minutes, thanks largely to the bullish spirit of the team. The players have grown like a family and I must say I am proud of them,” he mentioned.

He will be without the services of Jovel Martins and Arturo Garcia who sprained his ankle against Bengaluru FC.

On the other hand, East Bengal have bigger concerns with Joaquim Abranches, Gurwinder Singh and Naoba Singh being doubtful starters due to injuries. Striker James Moga has a stomach upset though coach Armando Colaco is hopeful of him starting on Saturday.

East Bengl never really displayed the brand of football Colaco is known to profess and the coach acknowledged the same.

“We will pull up our socks for the next game,” was his response.

The Red and Gold brigade would hope that Chidi Edeh finds his scoring boots as he skied his penalty in the last game.

Colaco is aware that Sporting are a tough team to beat as when the two teams faced each other in the I-League, the game ended in a 1-1 draw with the Flaming Oranje being the dominant of the two.

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