East Bengal coach Trevor Morgan wasn’t pleased with the goalless draw against Sporting Clube de Goa at the Fatorda Stadium in their opening game of the I-League 2012-13 season.
“I wasn’t happy with our performance in the first half," he mentioned, "The keeper made two great saves in the first half, to keep us in it. But in the second half, it was just one-way traffic for us. But we couldn't manage a goal.”
For long periods East Bengal did dominate the game in the second half but Sporting Clube were up to the task of keeping them at bay.
"I thought that every single one of the Sporting Clube players were magnificent," he acknowledged, "No doubt they had no foreign players, but their young players played with a lot of heart and enthusiasm and made it difficult for us, especially in the first half."
Although it was probably a result he didn’t want, Morgan preferred to look at the bright side.
“Last year we lost our opening match to Churchill 1-0. So we're a point better than we were this time last year. That's the only positive,” he said.
"We had good opportunities and squandered some of our chances from close range. It was scrappy. When games are tied, set-pieces are really important and it was our chance to win it,” he added.
East Bengal didn’t get a chance to practice at the venue or were provided with a practice ground which led them to train on the beach. When questioned whether their toothless performance could be attributed to that, he replied, "There's no point discussing it. If we couldn't use the pitch yesterday then we couldn't use the pitch, so who knows."
"If we had scored that goal from the corner, we would have won 1-0 and i would have that. It doesn’t make a difference now," he concluded.
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