Rohan Ricketts: Churchill Brothers would be disappointed to lose the game

The 29-year-old frontman did not enjoy dropping back after Armando Colaco's scored the opener in his first competitive match on Indian soil...
Dempo SC striker Rohan Ricketts was not particularly impressed with the team's performance in his club's I-League opener, despite picking a 2-1 win against Churchill Brothers SC on Saturday.

"The first game? I'm really happy that we got the three points." Ricketts told "But I don't really think we deserved to win the game based on our performance," he mentioned.

The former Arsenal and Tottenham player pointed that it wasn't good for Dempo to drop back in defense after scoring their opening goal.

"I think we (Dempo) started off the game quite right, but after we scored our goal we went on the back foot. It's wasn't nice to sit back for defense.

"Like [Ryuji] Sueoka and me playing as forwards and we had to drop back, and then when you win the ball you are too far away from the goal," he explained.

Ricketts then praised his side's opponents, like his coach Armando Colaco did, while admitting that Churchill Brothers would be disappointed to lose after playing "some good football."

He said, "I think in the first half, we showed them (Churchill Brothers SC) too much respect. I think they played some good football and so they will be disappointed to lose the game in the end. But like I said, I'm happy we got the three points."

He went on to compare Dempo's brand of football to that of Barcelona, as was seen in the opening minutes on Saturday against Churchill, but was overall not content with the performance.

"We tried to play like Barcelona in the first half, dropping back and trying to dictate football like we were world champions. For me, it was enjoyable from the results point, but not from the performance," he said.

This was the Englishman's first match in India, and Ricketts felt that it was not as bad as he might have expected it to be. "The weather was not too bad. It wasn't too hot like I expected."

Ricketts' league debut lasted for 58 minutes on the field before he was substituted, although the striker revelead that he would have loved to see more of the ball.

"I wanted to get more touches on ball, but we were so far from the goal. We had to drop so far back. It was quite frustrating, but [I am] really happy with the three points," he concluded.

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