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East Bengal were a relieved lot as they secured only their second away victory in 2012 when they beat United Sikkim 2-0...

East Bengal coach Trevor Morgan praised his side’s resilience and determination following their 1-0 victory over United Sikkim at the Paljor Stadium, Gangtok on Thursday.

The Red and Gold brigade would be pleased to register their first full points after being held to a goalless draw by Sporting Clube de Goa in their I-League opener.

“I wasn't expecting a win. The opponent was unknown and the environment was different. Also the boys were exhausted due to travelling. But a win always gives fantastic feeling and the boys really played well,” said Morgan.

“It (Gangtok) is a difficult place for away teams and it was very hard to break down United Sikkim’s defence. We got a lucky break as the goal came through a deflection. We did not have much luck in our first game. I am happy with any margin provided my team wins,” he was quoted saying.

“Had we drawn today, it would have been 2 points from two games and everyone would be asking questions. The players also knew it and they responded well,” he added. 

United Sikkim coach Phillipe de Ridder believes that his side will improve as the season moves forward and that they can certainly take positives from their performance against the Kolkata giants given that the Red and Gold couldn’t score until the 82nd minute.

“There are no regrets as the boys played well. A few key players are not in the team due to injury. It is a young team and they make mistakes which can be overcome with time. But they performed brilliantly by fighting till the last minute,” said the Belgian coach.

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