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Playing against East Bengal is never easy - Sporting coach Ekendra Singh

Playing against East Bengal is never easy - Sporting coach Ekendra Singh

The 54-year old felt that his young side played well against the vastly experienced Red and Gold...

Sporting Clube de Goa drew their opening league encounter with East Bengal at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda and Ekendra Singh, their coach, was content with his team's performance.

“I felt we could get three points, but we only got one point. Our boys played well," he said.

“I fielded five junior players. Considering the fact that they played against a team which has several experienced campaigners, it was a good performance,” he added.

Sporting were content to sit back, hitting East Bengal on the break. Ekendra Singh offered an insight to his tactics.

“We tried to reduce our misplaced passes and played more on the counter. Our best chances of the match were a result of this. But they (East Bengal) also had a lot of scoring chances, but our players defended well.”

According to East Bengal coach Trevor Morgan, the Red and Gold were the better team in the second half, which Ekendra acknowledged.

"They played to their strengths. Winning the Federation Cup is not easy, but they did it. So it was always going to be difficult to play against them."

On the absence of the foreign players in the Sporting squad which faced East Bengal, he stated that Keita Boubacar was still nursing an injury he picked up at the Federation Cup. “Also Kalu is recovering from sickness. He should be fit for our next game,” he mentioned.

Bong Bertrand on the other hand was not picked as Sporting felt his performances were not matching Sporting's expectations yet.

“He is good, but we are not satisfied with his performance. Hence we didn’t pick him,” he confirmed. “Also we wanted to give a chance to the local talent."

Sporting, who have yet to complete their quota of four foreigners, have Japanese Seiya Sugishita on trial currently.

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